Songkok Maker Hj Abdul Wahab bin Abdullah from Songkok SG

About the programme

The songkok is a traditional headgear worn by males in the Malay community during formal occasions and religious activities. The traditional practice of handmade songkoks has fallen over the years as they are increasingly manufactured in factories. MCF2021 invites you to an earnest songkok-making demonstration where we will hear the many stories of Abdul Wahab and his family in their decades-long relationship with the traditional craft.

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Details

Programme Details

Language

English

Ticket Price

S$40 (excluding eventbrite service fee)

Where

Entrance of Wisma Geylang Serai/Geylang Serai Community Club Office (1 Engku Aman Turn Singapore 408528)

Instructions

Please dress appropriately (e.g. covered shoes and long pants). 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 the last songkok maker in Singapore, Hj Abdul Wahab

I first learnt how to make songkoks as a teenager from my father. Back then, there were a few songkok makers in Geylang Serai but we are the last one today. The reason I have held on for so long is because I love to see the faces of my happy customers. When they see the colourful fabric, put it on their heads and tell me it is the best songkok they have ever worn, I feel very happy on the inside.

Our songkoks are customised and designed specifically for every individual so that it would fit well and look good. I think our commitment to ensuring good quality is why our customers keep coming back! I will be sharing more about songkok making during the festival this August and I cannot wait to see everyone there!

More about Songkok SG

A religious headwear worn by Muslim men at formal events such as weddings, festivals and funerals, the songkok is a familiar sight in Singapore. The business was first started by Mr Abdul’s late father back in the 1970s. Located at Tanjong Katong Complex today, the store was once a household name at the former Geylang Serai Market which closed in 2004.

During Ramadan, Songkok SG receives as many as 1,000 orders. Abdul Wahab will rope in his extended family to fulfill the orders. While they are best known for their hand-made songkoks, Songkok SG also offers other daily wear such as baju kurungs, batik cloths and capal kulit.