Intangible Cultural Heritage

Dragon Kilin

Traditional Craftsmanship

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  • Making of Rattan Products

    Different types of rattan furniture

    Rattan is a family of climbing palms found in tropical regions, and is used for a variety purposes, including the making of furniture and handicrafts, and as building materials. The name “rattan” refers to the stem of the climbing palm, and is believed to have originated from the Malay word “rotan”, meaning “to pare”. Rattan is also sometimes known as “cane”.

  • Traditional Stonemasonry for the Making of Tombstones

    Traditional Stonemasonry for the Making of Tombstones

    Stonemasonry involves the craft of shaping rough pieces of stones into precise shapes, through techniques such as cutting, moulding, carving, sanding and engraving. Across the world, stonemasonry has been used in the construction of monuments and landmarks of cultural and historical significance.

  • Making of Gold Jewellery by Indian Goldsmiths

    indian goldsmith

    In Indian culture, gold jewellery is traditionally worn by both men and women during festive and religious occasions. It is also given as gifts to close family members, especially during weddings. The goldsmith crafts jewellery completely by hand, in contrast to machine-made jewellery sold in other stores.

  • Making of Joss Sticks

    Making of Joss Sticks

    Joss sticks are fundamental to Chinese rituals and festivals, and often burned as part of rituals conducted during Chinese New Year (including the eve of Chinese New Year), deities’ birthdays, and for religious purposes.

  • Making of Traditional Chinese Lanterns

    Making of Traditional Chinese Lanterns

    The making and hanging of Chinese lanterns to celebrate festivals such as the Yuanxiao Festival (元宵节,the 15th day of Chinese New Year) dates back to the Han Dynasty (206BC-220AD) in China. In Singapore, lanterns are hung during Chinese New Year and the Mid-Autumn Festival outside homes, temples and clan associations, and included in lantern displays and local parades. The largest lantern displays in Singapore can be found during the Mid-Autumn Festival at Chinatown and Gardens by the Bay.

  • Nyonya beadwork and embroidery

    Nyonya beadwork and embroidery are intricate craft forms associated with the Peranakan community, and can be found in decorations for everyday household items, as well as more ornamental pieces for special occasions such as weddings.

  • Cheongsam tailoring


    The cheongsam, or qipao (旗袍), is an elegant, form-fitting dress that originated in China. Its classic form is characterised by a high cylindrical collar. An opening, traditionally fastened by knotted buttons, runs diagonally to the right from the middle of the collar to the armpit and then down the dress’s side. The garment usually features side slits at the skirt hem as well.

  • Chinese Cuisine in Singapore

    chinese cuisine

    Traditional Chinese cuisine in Singapore, such as Hokkien, Teochew, Cantonese, Hakka, and Hainanese cuisines were brought to Singapore by the waves of Chinese immigrants of different ethnicities and origins in the 19th century. These cuisines have moved from simply being prepared for their respective communities to more diverse forms today.

  • Kavadi Making

    The Tamil term kavadi has been translated as a burden or load that is carried as a form of sacrifice to the Hindu god Lord Murugan.

    The Tamil term kavadi has been translated as a burden or load that is carried as a form of sacrifice to the Hindu god Lord Murugan.

  • Silver Chariot Procession

    In Singapore, the silver chariot – a huge processional cart carrying an image or idol of the festival’s presiding deity – is towed along a public route for worshippers.

    The Silver Chariot Procession (Tamil: வெள்ளி தேரி ஊர்வலம்) is a religious ritual practiced during Hindu festivals and auspicious consecration ceremonies.

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