Peranakan Beadworks Maker Raymond Wong from Kim Choo Kueh Chang

About the programme

Love and labour go into every bead of Raymond’s Peranakan beadwork. Try your hand at beadwork with Baba Raymond Wong and hear more about his journey in mastering this age-old craft. By the end of the session, participants will complete a small wearable piece of beadwork that they can call their own!

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Date and Time

Programme Details

Language

English

Ticket Price

S$40 (excluding eventbrite service fee)
Meeting Point
Entrance of Singapore Visitor Centre @ Kim Choo Kueh Chang (Katong & Joo Chiat) (111 East Coast Road Singapore 428801)

Instructions

Dress comfortably. Masks are mandatory. Bring along hand sanitisers.

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 Baba Raymond Wong!

Hello, I am Baba Raymond Wong from Rumah Kim Choo! For me, good Peranakan beadwork is done with skill and an eye for design. As much as it is about neat stitching, it is also about choosing the right colours and bead materials to bring the designs to life.

I first picked up Peranakan beading from a church friend back in the early 2000s. While the basic stitches were graciously taught to me, I had to learn the more advanced techniques through trial and error. As someone who enjoys embroidery, I would collect antique beadwork from around the world and carefully deconstruct them to study their techniques and use them to further my own practice. At the end of the day, what I love most about Peranakan beadwork is how it embodies our shared heritage. From the colours and motifs to the history of the craft, it is testament to our unique Nanyang heritage and it is the preservation of this practice that keeps me going.

More about Rumah Kim Choo

Founded in 2003 by Raymond Wong, Rumah Kim Choo is the fashion, lifestyle and apparel wing of Kim Choo Kueh Chang. The two-storey shophouse located on East Coast Road sells a range of Peranakan goods from kueh changs and kuehs to in-house designed kebayas and kasut manek (Peranakan beaded slippers). Rumah Kim Choo also offers Peranakan beading and embroidery workshops to keep these traditional crafts alive.