Do you enjoy looking at and learning about textiles?

TEG (Textile Enthusiasts Group) was formed to foster an interest in the myriad of Asian textiles among FOM members. Monthly events such as 'Shared Passions' encourages participants to share their knowledge and their love of textiles--how they were made, how they were used and the stories behind their acquisition. It is a way of learning from one another in a relaxed environment. We also invite specialist speakers and practitioners, make visits to textile-related locations for more 'hands-on' experiences and offer demonstrations, for example, in quilting and embroidery. However, one does not need to be an expert to enjoy our activities--as our name suggests--we are enthusiasts.

We are welcoming newcomers to Singapore at every meeting, so if you're new in town, do join one of FOM's most active community interest groups: TEG! Just attend any meeting and you can join on the spot.

Shared Passion
Date & Time: 31 January 2017, 12:00am - 11:59pm

Date: Friday 28 April 2017
Time: Arrive at 10:00 am for 10:30 start
Host: Janet Stride
Location: TBA
RSVP: Email Janet

TEG members always look forward to Shared Passion month. This annual show-and-tell event is a wonderful opportunity to share and learn from fellow members. Bring one of your favourite textiles to share with the group -- a piece that is either something you wear or keep as a collector's item. It would be helpful if you know the weaving technique and provenance of your selected piece but if even if you don't, you may have the opportunity to draw upon the knowledge of other members. Each member will be given a chance to speak about their textile piece.  Please note that it is not required to bring a textile piece; you are still welcome to attend for the learning experience.

Collector’s Corner: Part II by Peter Lee
Date & Time: 31 January 2017, 12:00am - 11:59pm

Date: Friday 2 June 2017
Time: 10:00 am arrival for 10:30 start
Host: Peter Lee
Address: TBA
RSVP: Email Digna at
Mark your Calendar for another exclusive opportunity to visit Peter Lee’s house and his special textile room, particularly after the Port Cities: Multicultural Emporiums of Asia, 1500 –1900 exhibition.

About Peter:
Peter Lee is an independent scholar and the Honorary Curator of the Baba House, a historical house museum managed by the National University of Singapore.
In 1998 he co-authored The Straits Chinese House with Jennifer Chen, which was published by the National Museum of Singapore in 1998 and 2006. Junk to Jewels -- The Things that Peranakans Value was both an exhibition and catalogue he produced for the Peranakan Museum in 2008.  Three years later he co-curated Sarong Kebaya, which opened in April 2011 at the same museum. A book he wrote on the same subject was published in 2014.
And recently (4 Nov 2016 - 19 Feb 2017)  Peter was a guest curator of Port Cities: Multicultural Emporiums of Asia, 1500 –1900.
His family's collection of textiles focuses on the links between batik and Indian trade textiles, and how both are very much part of an interconnected history. The collection therefore comprises mainly batiks from the north coast of Java, and Indian trade cloths made for Europe, Japan, Iran, Sri Lanka, and the Malay Archipelago. 

Reconnecting the Disconnected through Textiles of The Malay Maritime Empire
Date & Time: 10 April 2017, 12:00am - 11:59pm

Date: Tuesday 11 April 2017
Time: 10:00 arrival for 10:30 start
Speaker: John Ang
Venue: Malay Heritage Centre
Address: 85 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198501
Rsvp: Email Digna at

John Ang will discuss the Malays and their traditional textiles. These textiles will include those of the Langkasuka kingdom of south Thailand and northeast Malaysia, the ikats of Palembang and Bangka, batiks of Jambi, Palembang and Bengkulu for the Malay market, court textiles of west Kalimantan and Malay textiles with Bugis influences from Riau, Johore, Pahang and Terengganu.

John Ang received his M.A. in Asian Art History from the University of Michigan and worked in Tokyo as an art journalist for Japan Times. Later he moved to Taipei where he established a gallery handling fine Asian art and antiques. Under the auspices of his gallery, John has lectured, advised and sourced for major museums in the USA, Taiwan, Singapore (ACM), China and Australia. John has published articles on Asian Art for international magazines and journals, and published the book, 'The Beauty Of Huanghuali Furniture.' His current project is researching textiles of the Malay world and is he focusing on forming a comprehensive collection of these textiles.