Blue Ginger is an expression of a lone hobbyist, out to passionately spread the word about the Peranakan culture. A recent exploration of this enthusiast's family heritage brought with it the discovery of some ties to famed Pekalongan (a city in Java) Batik makers of old, most of whom have passed, and those who remain are the last of their generation, in a craft that has been under appreciated for far too long, and an industry severely compromised by the demands of modern commerce.
As the renaissance of the Peranakan identity is flourishing throughout Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia, we are reminded of the story of the Peranakan batik tulis: one of a coming together of various cultures - Arabian, European, Indian, Javanese, Chinese - a reflection of the true spirit of multiculturalism which seems to have been ahead of its time. A forgotten virtue. One which reminder appears to be much needed in our current time.
Blue Ginger is an attempt to contribute to this conversation.
We are not currently for profit, and the main aim for this platform is to fund enough explorations to better understand this unique culture through the appreciation of its cultural objects. Blue Ginger's presence on Trocadero therefore will be re-evaluated in November 2016. As an entity that is not making any money, my passion alone might just proven to be insufficient to continue our presence here. But until then, enjoy!!