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History of Peranakan Tiles

Brief History: Why Peranakan Tiles Became so Precious

In 1935, the production of these tiles slowly diminishes as discovery of the raw ingredients used to make the tiles are found to be harmful to the human body. Later as the industrial revolution overtook the pace of these handicraft tiles, followed by a political reform after the British left has made the Peranakans helpless without support of their perceived racial differences.  New policies of classifying Peranakans back into Chinese culture have led to the disappearance of their unique heritage.

Industrialization in the 1970s has also resulted in demolishing of pre-war shop houses and unique buildings along with many motif tiles, leaving many decorative tiles broken, and thrown into dumps.

Today, these Peranakan tiles were of a rare sight and truly a collector’s item.

Our Ambitious Foresight

The Peranakan collection was inspired to preserve and present the finest appreciation of these classical motifs. Combining with the luster of lacquer, The Peranakan collection aims to blend the Straits Chinese unique tiles into single uniquely crafted pieces while keeping with their traditions of adaptability and flexibility in design and function, spicing up modern-minimalist or accentuating classics. Problem is – where do we actually get the tiles that were no longer in production?

Dreams do Come True

We were thankful to be able to be in contact with Mr Victor Lim from Aster by Kyra, a member of the Peranakan Association Singapore.  Mr Victor Lim is a Peranakan tile enthusiast, who since young painstakingly searched for decorative Peranakan tiles at places where old buildings were located – Emerald Hill, Katong, Geylang, Killney Road, Bishopsgate among others.

Through our collaborations, we were able obtain these beautiful gems of the Peranakan heritage in limited quantities. We will like to take this opportunity to also thank Mr Victor Lim for his generous help and fruitful collaboration.

For more information about how Qua has used the peranakan tiles to incorporate into exquisite gift premiums,  click here.

For more information about Peranakan Tiles visit http://www.asterbykyra.sg/

Singapore Heritage - Nonya / Peranakan

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