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Singapore Gaiwan Art Print

175.000 225.000 


Behind Singapore’s glitz and glamour façade lurks its lush green wilderness, hawker culture, largely untouched shophouses and, forgive me for my foodie brain, its melt-in the-mouth kaya toast served in old-style ‘kopitiams’ (coffee shop).

The illustration features an imaginary ‘Gaiwan’, a Chinese lidded bowl for tea drinking in the famous festive coloring and style of Peranakan ceramics also known as Nyonya ware. Turquoise, pink and yellow are among the signature color schemes used in the Peranakan ceramics.

Peranakans refer to the descendants of long-ago Chinese immigrants who settled in Straits Settlements in Penang, Melaka and Singapore as early as the 14th century. Many male Peranakan traders (Baba-Nyonyas) married Malay women (Nyonyas). Their intriguing hybrid crafts (porcelain, embroidered costumes and beaded slippers) remain alive and well until today.

The ‘Gaiwan’ illustration features Singapore’s iconic Marina Bay Sands building in the skyline, the water sprouting Merlion and peonies which represent good wealth and luck.

Singapore Gaiwan Art Print for Wall & Home Decor.

Struck by the first line of “The Book of Tea” by Tenshin Okakura which reads:  “Asia is One”, Collective Memory has teamed up with illustrator Cella Marcy to release the “Asia is One” illustration series.

By reimagining what Asian countries would look like in an iconic blue china ceramic vase, the series is aimed at recognizing the cultural characteristics of each Asian country whilst at the same time celebrating the richness, diversity, harmony and mutually shared values of the region, which go far beyond the images of people just living on rice and noodles.

  • Frame is not included
  • Each print is made using Conqueror Art paper – 300gsm
  • This print available in A4 & A3 size
    • Size Guide:
      • A4 (210 x 297 mm/ 8.3 x 11.7 in)
      • A3 (297 x 420 mm / 11.7 x 16.5 in)
  • International shipping is available
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A3, A4

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