Nonamu’s silk scarves and designs are wearable art, designed to set you apart. They are inspired by the indulgence of the centuries old Peranakan (Baba Nyonya) heritage of Malaysia. The colourful and intricate designs reflect its local culture where each piece weaves authentic heritage.
Industrial designer, Ai Pheng Yeap lives and breathes Peranakan (Baba Nyonya) culture because she grew up surrounded by it in Penang. She wanted to pay tribute to the culture by fusing the traditional with the modern, therefore creating Nonamu. The brand is to preserve a craft and a history that is slowing fading away, incorporating the heritage into each design.
The vibrant colours and exotic designs that are present in each product. They reflect every bit of the Peranakan heritage of Malaysia, from the language to the clothes, to their porcelain designs, all the way to the food.
This design is inspired by the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion in Penang. It’s an eclectic building that reflects the Straits Chinese architectural styles of the Imperial Period, which took seven years to build. The mansion restoration has also won UNESCO’s Most Excellent Project in the Asia Pacific Heritage Awards in 2000. The motifs you see on the scarves are similar to the ones on the exterior of the mansion. These are made with coloured ceramic bowls painstakingly broken and put together to create the beautiful decoration.Material & Composition