30 Apr '17, 9pm

Passion for a dying art brings him world fame

His famed nonya kebaya creations have travelled the world. In Singapore, the President's wife, Mrs Mary Tan, has worn them. In Moscow, models donned them on the fashion runway during the Formula One race events. In South Korea, they were exhibited in the Seoul National Museum. Mr Raymond Wong's distinct embroidery designs have also made their rounds through diplomatic visits. Last year, for instance, former United States first lady Michelle Obama received a shawl designed by him from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's wife during a state visit. The wife of Indonesian President Joko Widodo also received an embroidered bag of his creation. Mr Wong, 37, is believed to be one of the last few commercial Peranakan kebaya makers in Singapore, according to industry experts. The nonya kebaya from the Peranakan culture is a translucent, figure-hugging blouse that is decorated with emb...

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