Singapore's last full-time songkok maker

Pictures by: 
Mohd Ishak
Report by: 
Azim Azman

Mr Abdul Wahab Abdullah, 53, has been making and selling the songkok, a traditional Malay head dress, for 31 years, and is now the last full-time songkok maker here.

The father of three started learning the craft of songkok-making from his father when he was seven years old, and opened his first shop at the old Geylang Serai Market at the age of 22.

Ramadan, the fasting month leading to Hari Raya Puasa, is when his business is most brisk.

Mr Abdul Wahab said he usually sells between 20 and 30 songkoks, but during the fasting month, he can sell up to 300 songkoks. A handmade songkok using the best material costs $50 each.

The article related to these pictures was first published in The New Paper on July 27, 2013.