(n.) the communal helping of one another and the sharing of burdens together with trusted friends. The Malay word for "communal spirit", Gotong royong means we keep a lookout for one another, regardless of race. Gotong royong epitomises the spirit of sharing and no one is left behind.
Embroidery, the handicraft of decorating fabric or other materials with needle and thread or yarn has been passed down with influence from Chinese, Islamic and Indian cultures. The art form is enjoying a global revival of interest and it is manifested in various innovative forms such as paper embroidery in Singapore.
Photo : Paper Embroidery by Izziyana Suhaimi
Majolica tiles or commonly known as Peranakan tiles in Singapore, is a popular form of décor in Singapore between 18th Century and early 20th century. The tiles often feature geometric patterns and auspicious Chinese designs and we can still spot these artfully crafted tiles in Peranakan houses and shophouses in Emerald Hill, Ann Siang Hill, Joo Chiat Road, Blair Road, Neil Road and a few of the lorongs in Geylang today.
Photo : Singapore Tiles by Shawn Soh
Batik employs the traditional technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to cloth and has its roots in the local Malay and Peranakan culture. Although this art form is dwindling in popularity in Singapore, it remains iconic of our multiracial and multicultural identity. Familiar motifs of batik can be seen on the sarong kabaya donned by the Singapore Girl of Singapore Airlines and several local Batik painters are seen to feature landscapes instead of patterns in their work.
Photo : Batik by Sarkasi bin Said, who goes by the artist name Tzee
Woodblock printing was introduced and practiced in Singapore in the 1930s and is a technique used to print text, images or patterns. It was initially printed on textiles and later paper. This craft holds unique significance to Singapore, being used for social and political expression in the 1950s and 1960s.
Photo : Handmade Stamp by Parademade