Vanishing Trades

About Project

This collection offers a comprehensive look at all the iconic vanishing trades that used to colour Singapore’s streets of old. Also covered are trades which no longer exist as well as those which have evolved from traditional cottage industries to industrial manufacturing.

Some of these include kachang puteh sellers, night soil carriers, songkok makers, bangsawan performers, parrot astrologers and street cobblers. As a whole, these interviews paint a very different picture of Singapore and memorialises the country’s humble vestiges of yesteryear.

Interviewees include Chandrasekaran Pakrisamy, a garland maker, Mrs Rosa Lee, who embroidered kebayas, and Mohd Buang bin Marzuki, who worked in a bangsawan troupe.

Names of Interviewees in Vanishing Trades