Singapore-based Mr Kadjin (K.J.) Low was born and raised in Aceh, Indonesia. He donated a set of blouse fasteners, known as kerosang, belonging to his grandmother, the late Mrs Low Soek Bie née Toh Gek Eng (1891-1980), a Peranakan Nyonya from Pangkalan Brandan, North Sumatra.
Visitors to the newly refreshed Peranakan Museum will be able to see Mrs Low Soek Bie née Toh Gek Eng’s kerosang at the Jewellery gallery on Level 3.
Mr Low also generously donated two belts, a set of hairpins and one porcelain pillow. His donation enriches the museum's collection, helping to better visualise and understand the multifaceted aspects of a Peranakan person's life and times, as well as the material culture closely linked with the community.
(Top) Mrs Low Soek Bie née Toh Gek Eng’s kerosang on display at the Peranakan Museum.
(Below) Close-up of Mrs Low Soek Bie née Toh Gek Eng’s kerosang, donated by her grandson, Mr Kadjin (K.J.) Low.