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The Purrfect Flea Market For Cat-Lovers (Part 4) – Tan Lili

Love cats and browsing flea markets? Enjoy the best of both worlds at Purrzaar, a feline-themed flea market that’s held in conjunction with the month-long Cats of the World Photo Exhibition this August!

Held over three Saturdays (August 3, 10 and 17), this year’s Purrzaar boasts 18 vendors – the highest number of vendors they’ve had since its launch in 2011! Own a kitty? Fancy Feast will be giving away door gifts, which each consists of their cat food products (while stocks last).

As the official media partner of Cats of the World Photo Exhibition and Purrzaar, Material World will be featuring different vendors every week and giving you a sneak peek at what they will be selling. This week, check out My Grandma’s Patchwork, SlothStudio and Dainty Hands.

My Grandma’s Patchwork

Our furry felines communicate joy and laughter and grant us wishes beyond our wildest imagination. Each and every one is special – just like every doormat and coaster at My Grandma’s Patchwork!

No, the name of this shop isn’t an allusion to all-things vintage. Quite literally, the products you see at My Grandma’s Patchwork are all 100-percent handmade by founder Hui Ying’s grandmother in Malaysia! Grandma Tan started sewing in the 1990s, producing coasters and doormats from remnant pieces of cloth from apparel factories. It’s no easy work; small pieces of cloth are cut out and folded into little triangles, which are then painstakingly sewn unto the base cloth.


For more than 20 years, Grandma Tan has been giving her finished products as gifts to her loved ones. In 2011, Hui Ying decided to bring this dying form of art to Singapore through flea markets. One of the items you can expect at My Grandma’s Patchwork at Purrzaar is a variety of feline doormats – they even come in smaller sizes that are perfect for your cat!



Cats have got attitude!

Initially an online nickname to showcase the experimental artworks of local artists Ng Ling Tze and Terence Koh, SlothStudio was incorporated five years ago after the two decided artworks and handmade crafts are their passion.

Their love of cats began when they adopted their first few cats. “Their awesome behaviour, attitude and affection never cease to amaze us, always inspiring us to draw. We never looked back since,” says Ling Tze.


SlothStudio will be showcasing a whole lot of lovely creations at Purrzaar, from wearable art (brooches, earrings, rings) and tote bags to notebooks and patchwork blankets. We can’t wait!    



Dainty Hands        

Cats are such endearing yet scheming employers!

When you’re a student and a community caregiver to at least 20 cats at the same time, money would be a very big issue. That’s what prompted Christine to start selling handicrafts to help defray the cost from hefty vet bills in 2006. Then came Purrzaar and the rest, as they say, is history.

daintyhands1This year, Dainty Hands will be selling cat-related accessories lovingly handpicked by Christine whenever she travelled. You can also expect one of Dainty Hands’ signature products, silhouette pouches.


Purrzaar will be held at The Arts House, from 11am to 6pm, on August 3, 10 and 17, 2013. Admission is free. 

About The Author: A founder of Material World, Tan Lili has previously worked in magazines The Singapore Women’s Weekly and Cosmopolitan Singapore, as well as (now, the online counterpart of Her World). She is now a freelance writer who works on this website full-time. Lili hopes to travel the world, work with wild animals, and discover more awesome Twilight fan-fiction. Follow her on Twitter @TanLiliTweets

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