[TRAVELS] Casababa Gallery @ Taman Kota Laksamana, Malacca

Posted by swisscheese on Jun 30, 2017 in culture, malacca, traditional clothes |

Casababa Gallery

Sui Qian has been wanting to rent Nyonya traditional clothes for the longest time but it seems like there are only shops that sell the clothes and not rent them for photoshoot in Singapore. Prior to planning the Malacca trip, I did my research on where to rent the Peranakan traditional clothes for a photoshoot and realized that there are many places in Malacca that have that service and Casababa Gallery is one of them. However, it was months after I did the research that we finally went to Malacca and I totally forgotten about this place. Since we made an impromptu trip to Malacca in June, I did the research at the very last minute and discovered that Nyonya Memoirs located near Hatten Hotel has this rental service too. Although I took note of Nyonya Memoirs, after walking and exploring the entire stretch where the Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum is located at, we came across this gallery and decided to check it out. We were hesitating to get the tickets as we could not have the sneak preview of the costumes and backdrop but Sui Qian stated just to get it since it is only RM 15 per pax and we could escape the heat.

Casababa Gallery
87, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock,
Taman Kota Laksamana,
75200 Melaka, Malaysia
+60 13-788 2668

Casababa Gallery
Casababa Gallery
Casababa Gallery
Casababa Gallery
Casababa Gallery
Casababa Gallery
Casababa Gallery
Casababa Gallery
Casababa Gallery
Casababa Gallery
Casababa Gallery
Casababa Gallery
Casababa Gallery
Casababa Gallery
Casababa Gallery
Casababa Gallery

When we went upstairs, we could finally see all the outfits Casababa Gallery has and the entire Peranakan furniture that contributes to the backdrop of the photoshoot. There was already a family wearing a mix of the Chinese and Perankan traditional clothes when we went up so we browsed through the different traditional clothes and were surprised that there are even hanboks available as well. After the family has finish their photoshoot, the shop personnel helped us to match the Nyonya top with the respective Nyonya bottom and took pictures of us with the many furniture that the gallery has as shown above.

Casababa Gallery
Casababa Gallery
Casababa Gallery
Casababa Gallery
Casababa Gallery
Casababa Gallery

One great thing about Casababa Gallery is that they allow you to change to different outfits for an unlimited duration of time so we changed to a different color after taking some pictures with the first outfit. Nyonyas should actually have kerosangs to fasten the lapels of the kebaya but since the gallery did not offer that, we looked like common Nyonya ladies. Nyonyas should also have their hair bun up and can only let their hair down at night. In the olden days, being a Nyonya is not always sugar spice and everything nice as unmarried women are not allowed to be seen or cannot socialize with men. They are often kept at home and can only see visitors via the hole at the second level of the home. The prerequisites for women to get married is being able to cook, sew, bead and embroidery. This will be further judged by the mother of the prospective husband. This is just a sneak preview of a Nyonya in the olden days. I am not sure how will I keep up being a Nyonya during those times, laughs!

Casababa Gallery
Casababa Gallery

However, you are not allowed to wear the traditional outfits downstairs but there are still more backdrops to take photos with there. After hours at Casababa Gallery, I also realized that Casababa Gallery is the place I introduced to Sui Qian way before the trip but totally forgot about it.

 

PAYMENT METHODS: CASH ONLY!
OPENS DAILY EXCEPT FOR WEDNESDAY: 10AM-6PM

As I love trying out traditional clothes from different cultures, I really enjoyed the experience of wearing different colors of the Nyonya clothes without being rushed. The best thing is the shop personnel is so patient to help us snap shots at different angles and with different Peranakan furniture to give the Nyonya vibe.

*swisscheese

 

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