NUDE FEMME - Singapore Stories Capsule Collection
One of the icons that inspired Adelyn was the Samsui Women. The term Samsui women broadly refers to a group of Chinese immigrants who came to Malaya and Singapore between the 1920s and 1940s in search of construction and industrial jobs. Their hard work contributed to the development of the Straits Settlements, both as colonies and later as the new nations of Singapore and Malaysia. Samsui women did manual labour similar to coolies but were more independent.
The samsui women, known for their red headgear, wearing blue or black samfu outfit came to Singapore as cheap labourers and worked mainly in the construction industry and other industries that required hard labour. They also worked as domestic servants. They had a reputation of rejecting jobs involving drug (particularly opium) peddling, prostitution, or other vices, even if that meant living in poverty. Their contributions to housing construction and as well as labour at hawker centres have been invaluable to Singapore's early development.
With this capsule collection, Adelyn took a moment to admire, inspired, to be thankful of the Samsui women for their core values and strengths in persevering through difficulties during an era having to leave a home country for work to seek for a better living to support their families back home, with some settled down in Singapore making it their second home.
*Historical References and pictures from Wikipedia, Raffles Fine Arts, Liu Kang’s Building Site / Samsui Women, Mediacorp, National Library Board, Singapore Police Force, Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame, Singapore Press Holdings, Textile and Fashion Federation Singapore.