Becoming Bibik Puteh


“People say Peranakan culture is very colourful, but it didn’t start out that way. The earliest – and now outdated – Peranakan costume was the baju panjang, made from kain Bugis, which was often brownish in colour. It was not until European organdie came to replace the dull-coloured baju panjang that the long blouse took on a colourful and glamorous pattern. It was from there that colours seeped into everyday Peranakan life,” says Ashrey Ch’ng.

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