Garland Maker R Jayaselvam from Anushia Flower Shop

About the programme

Garland maker Jayaselvam is no stranger to big occasions – He has made garlands for luminaries including Olympic gold medallist Joseph Schooling, former Prime Ministers Lee Kuan Yew and Goh Chok Tong. Join him in an intimate workshop as he demonstrates the art of garland making.

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Details

Programme Details

Language

English

Ticket Price

S$40 (excluding eventbrite service fee)

Where

Entrance of Anushia Flower Shop (Inside Zhong Clan Association at 30 Veerasamy Road Singapore 207334)

Instructions

Dress comfortably. Masks are mandatory.

Event may not be suitable for individuals who are allergic to pollen and flowers.

Participants must abide by the house rules set out by the host (eg. out-of-bound areas, use of toilet). Facilitators will brief participants before the start of the programme.

Please arrive 20 minutes before our scheduled meeting time for registration and temperature taking.

Please do not attend the event if you are feeling unwell.

Look out for our facilitators who will be wearing yellow or blue festival t-shirts.

Meet garland-maker, R Jayaselvam!

Hello everyone, you can call me Mr Selvam! Before I started making garlands in 1978, I was a machinist! Today, garland making is my passion and my rice bowl. For me, the most important aspect of this craft is passion. I always tell my students that it does not matter if the garland turns out ugly as long as you can proudly tell the gods that you have made them with your own hands and with heart.

Garland-making is also important to me as it is a way I connect with my family. Every Deepavali, I would enlist the help of my wife and two sons at the store. It is always a family affair and I am thankful for their support. I am excited to share my knowledge and stories accrued over the decades in this programme! See you then!

More about Anushia Flower Shop

Established in 1994, Anushia Flower Shop is named after Mr Selvam’s wife. Flowers are a necessity in many Hindu rituals: as part of traditional clothing, tributes to gods, festive decorations, and even medicine. For instance, during weddings, the bride makes her entrance beneath a flower canopy called the phoolon ki chaadar. It is typically decorated with bright red flowers to symbolise purity, protection, and bravery.

Anushia Flower Shop is also a pioneer in its field where they are the first garland maker in Singapore to digitalise their business. Their website was launched in 2019 with the help of Mr Selvam’s son and the move has greatly improved their business.