Fenghuang, Kunji, "August Rooster," or "Chinese Phoenix" [feminine yin creature as opposed to male yang dragon] on pink and green Chinese export porcelain, also a traditional symbol of bridal joy and fertility.
Joyful colors reflect the vibrant Peranakan, Straits Chinese, or Nyonya-Baba culture of Southeast Asia, located in port areas around the Straits of Malacca, particularly Singapore & coastal Malaysia & Indonesia. Originating with 1600s Chinese immigrant men marrying local Malay women, the culture eventually differentiated itself from both its maternal cultures, flourishing in entrepots and colonial times for their ability to mix freely and communicate across cultures. Their ornate traditional houses would be brightly painted with facades covered in imported multi-colored ceramic tiles. Now rare and highly collectible since modernization destroyed most traditional shophouses, these colorful tiles were once ubiquitous in Singapore, Malaysia, & Java. Chinese kilns produced brightly colored ceramics specifically for export via traditional "junk" sailing vessels to Peranakan communities in Southeast Asia. Though predominately Chinese in motifs, these export wares' vibrant coloring reflected their tropical Malay destination. Peranakan ladies, or Nyonyas, created elaborate and colorful beaded embroideries both for personal and home adornment. Peranakan cultural heritage has experienced a resurgence since Singapore television launched a drama serial entitled, "The Little Nyonya" in 2008.
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