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.

Port Cities: Multicultural Emporiums of Asia, 1500–1900, A Private Tour with Naomi Wang
Date & Time: 31 January 2017, 12:00am - 11:59pm

Date: Friday 10 February 2017
Time: 10:00 am arrival for 10:30 start
Venue: Asian Civilisations Museum
Address: 1 Empress Place, gather in second floor foyer
RSVP: Email Lynelle Barrett at

Traders and migrants, jewellery and multi-coloured cottons, languages and commerce – port cities mix people, merchandise, and ideas. This special exhibition paints a picture of life through photographs, paintings, fashion, luxury goods, and everyday objects. Disembark at ACM for a view of hybrid cultures, ingenuity, and global trends bred in these cosmopolitan centres. About the exhibition:

About Naomi:
Naomi Wang holds a B.A. in Art History from the University of Toronto. She joined the Singapore Art Museum as Assistant Curator in 2012, overseeing Mainland Southeast Asia acquisitions and exhibitions. She is currently Assistant Curator, Southeast Asia at Asian Civilisations Museum and co-curator of Port Cities: Multicultural Emporiums of Asia, 1500–1900 (2016).


Confluence between Textiles and Painting: Private Tour at National Gallery Singapore
Date & Time: 31 January 2017, 12:00am - 11:59pm

Date: Friday 3 March 2017
Time: Arrive at 10:00 am for 10:30 start
Speaker: Julie Williams
Location: National Gallery Singapore
Address: 1 Saint Andrew's Road, #01–01, 178957
Entrance Fee: Waived for FOM-TEG
RSVP: Email Digna

Please join us for a private tour with Julie through the National Gallery Singapore. Julie Williams joined TEG because she is a professional artist and textile 'nut'! Her artists of influence include Matisse and Vuillard, who both painted textiles. The confluence between textiles and painting has long been a passion and it is one we will be lucky to share. Being a member of TEG also helped her research Laotian textiles before joining a FOM overseas tour last November. Julie is a docent at the National Gallery Singapore and is going to show us works that she feels will be of interest to our group, including pieces in the permanent South East Asian and Singapore collections, as well as the "Artist and Empire" exhibition. 

About Julie:
Julie is based in the historic area of Tiong Bahru where she paints layers of history including an iconic Peranakan beaded cloth, retro metal security gates and a Nyonya wearing the Baju Panjang. Her interest in Batik from Indonesia is also evident in her new work. Find out more about Julie's artwork at
About the National Gallery Singapore:
The National Gallery Singapore is a new visual arts institution which oversees the largest public collection of modern art in Singapore and Southeast Asia. Find out more about the National Gallery Singapore at

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

Date: Friday 14 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.