Singapore is home to the beautiful Peranakan Culture and their vibrant and unique heritage is celebrated in this unique room fragrance.
The Chinese immigrants to Southeast Asia were traders and from as early as the 15th century had started moving south. This migration increased during the time of the British colonization of the Straits Settlements.
These settlers intermarried with local women in the areas where they lived and created the intriguing mix of cultures that forms a large part of the identity of Singapore today.
Peranakan House by Singapore Memories is the room fragrance created to evoke the memories of the unique their culture.
A walk through the ethnic districts of the Peranakans is the first indication of the beauty and lavishness of a Peranakan house. The Nyonyas and Babas ensured that their homes were as beautiful on the outside as they were inside. Colorful, latticed and tiled facades can still be admired today in Joo Chiat and the Katon area.
The wealthy Peranakan community started building homes on Emerald Hill in the early 20th century. These terraced houses featured Chinese Baroque Architecture. The area is close to Orchard Road and remains an up market area with lots of trendy bars and cafes.
Visiting a Peranakan home is the best way to discover the style and artifacts that decorated their fine homes. The Peranakan Museum and The Intan in Joo Chiat are both worth a visit. This is where the visitor can see the lush fabrics, intricate furniture, stunning crockery, and cutlery of these homes.
Beautiful tiles and furniture can still be sourced in Singapore today and if the original are too expensive, replicas can also be bought.
The Peranakans also wore very distinctive clothing. The women wore traditional Sarong Kebayas or intricately embroidered tops and their sarong skirts were made with floral batik fabrics. They wore gold jewelry and their shoes were finely embroidered and beaded. Today visitors to Singapore can still buy handmade Peranakan clothing, made by descendants of these unique people who don’t want to let the traditions die.
Rich wedding traditions ensured that Nyonyas were given a dowry which would have included jewelry that often included ornate hairpins.
No culture is complete without the smells of its cuisine and the Peranakans are no exception. The influences here are as intricate as their mixed heritage. Their iconic snacks and deserts can still be sampled along East Coast Road and Begawan Solo. Nyonya rice dumplings, Kueh Dadar (filled crepes) and Ondeh Ondeh (green colored coconut balls) are just a small sampling of things to try. Their dishes are aromatic and spices and include exotic ingredients.
The intricate designs that were part of these elaborate people is the inspiration behind the room fragrance Peranakan House and the gift wrap is inspired by the Peranakan Collection.