Onlewo, Inspired by Singapore Heritage – When we stayed at Yotel Singapore. The other day when wandering around a city, you stumble across a little treasure of a shop. That’s how we found Onlewo in Jalan Besar, Singapore. This interesting area is a hotspot for artists, writers, makers, architects, coffee baristas, crafters and designers, who operate from studios and shops to make their contributions to Singapore’s art, design and gastronomic landscape. The delightful retro looking Tiong Bahru print fabric caught my eye as I passed and I couldn’t resist popping in for a look. What a delight!

Onlewo translates from Chinese as ‘comfort zone’. Onlewo was founded by Mike Tay. The shop contains fabric designs which really showcase Singapore’s unique culture. Fabric designs included Singaporean foods, vintage grilles, peranakan tiles and Little India and Chinatown motifs.

Our favourite fabric was the Tiong Bahru design. One reason was the gorgeous little cat on the fabric. His name is Bob. Bob belongs to no one but is a local cat that lives in Tiong Bahru. He became a Facebook sensation after disappearing for a few days and returning with a big cut. Neighbours all rallied and put in money to pay for his vet bills.

As well as fabrics Onlewo collaborates with Singapore designers to create a bespoke line of home and lifestyle products. Collaborations included local ceramic pieces, lamps, paintings and more.

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Stay tuned for more of our Yotel Singapore adventures.


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