This impressive collection, gifted to the Peranakan Museum, consists of several objects crucial to the rituals of a Peranakan wedding ceremony: a full wedding set worn by a groom, complete with cap, a collar with gold ornaments, a matching jacket and robe, wedding shoes worn by the bride and groom and embroidered, padded altar cloths are but just some of the notable objects.
Equally significant are the painted portraits of Wee Bee Neo a well-known Sang Khek Umm, or wedding Mistress-of-Ceremonies, (whose role was to assist the bride on her wedding day), a teakwood four-door, two-tiered cupboard, cheongsams and a jiho (family name plaque), all of which the family has long treasured, lovingly cared for and now generously donated to the Peranakan Museum.
Siblings Cynthia, Carol, Celia, Larry and Lawrence Chia, are the grandchildren of Wee Bee Neo.
Bridal shoes. Singapore or Malaysia. Late 19th to early 20th century. Approximately 20 x 8 cm. Silk, cotton, cardboard. Gift of Cynthia, Larry, Celia, Carol and Lawrence Chia, in memory of their parents Chia Teck Loke and Ong Siew Choo.