This sign put spring in my step as I approached the Asian Civilizations Museum in Singapore. I especially love textiles. This was a great show displaying woven, printed, waxed, or ikated fabric that traders brought from India to exchange for goods throughout Asia. Some of the fabric had been treasured and preserved in high safe spots by island families for a couple of hundred years. It could be that Singaporeans are on the defense but the show made the point that globalization started a long long time ago. Singapore’s blend of cultures is evidence.
At the Peranakan Museum I learned about generations descended from arriving Chinese men and local Malay woman. This wedding headdress is made up of 600 individual pins.