In Sarong Secrets, Su Kim tells more tales of passion and unfulﬁlled love, of innocence lost, greed and betrayal, of loneliness and the search for a sense of belonging, of a unique cultural heritage facing the challenges of modern times. Filled With humour, wit and vivid details, her compelling stories will delight and excite. Interspersed amongst her stories are pictures of beautiful sarongs, accessories and artifacts from a unique community renowned for its love of colour and sumptuous material culture. Sarong Secrets features another amazing collection of tales featuring the colourful world of the babas and nyonyas.
Sarongs are highly versatile. Apart from its use as a garment, a sarong can be used as: head dress, scarf, shawl, blanket, table covering, wall hanging, fabric for making clothes, bed cover, beach wear, pillow, picnic mat and baby carrier. If caught in a situation where you need to change into your swimming gear or to get out of one, the sarong can act as an instant changing room. My grandmother would change from her casual clothes of cotton blouse and sarong into her more formal, starched sarong and kebaya, without moving an inch from where she stood, all by using a sarong. Gripping her ‘changing room’ with her teeth with the sarong wrapped around her body loosely, she skillfully used both hands to tie her new sarong around her waist, then berkemban-style, slipped on her chemise and kebaya over her shoulders. The ‘changing room’ was then dropped onto the floor and picked up with a deft flick of her toes. As a baby, I was rocked to sleep in a very comfortable cradle — a sarong.