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Title: ASIAN ART AND CRAFT RETAIL OUTLETS IN SINGAPORE
Authors: DE KONINCK HELENE L
Keywords: Retail trade Singapore
Handicraft Singapore
Issue Date: 1971
Citation: DE KONINCK HELENE L (1971). ASIAN ART AND CRAFT RETAIL OUTLETS IN SINGAPORE. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This thesis reports on a detailed examination of one category of retailing outlets found in the continuous area of primary retail el ernents in Singapore, the Asian art and craft shops. Particular attention is given to the localization of the hundred odd boutiques within the commercial environment; to their origin and evolution along regional units; to the ethnic origin of the traders and their concentrations; to the commercial organization of the shops and the various types of specialization existing whether on an ethnic group or any other basis; to the types of clientele and to the factors; liable to determine this custom. Above all, the regional distinctions and similarities are investigated. Even though two types of commercial conformations exist within the study area, four distinct regions can be distinguished: in the centre, the Raffles and Stamford areas and in the ribbon developments, the Orchard-South and Tanglin areas. The distribution patterns and characters of the art and craft shops confirm the validity of this regional breakdown. The analysis of the origin of the shops also points to a predominantly regional evolution, the trade having been developed mostly in the Stamford and Orchard-South areas before gaining ground, possibly through the rapid rise of tourism, in the Raffles and Tanglin areas. The participation of nineteen specific communities in the retail trade of Arts and crafts reflects the remarkable ethnic diversity of the Singapore population. Even more surprising is the fact that none of the four regions shows a marked. predominance in the number of specific communities; contrary to what .has been suggested in previous literature, for all four regions, an almost equal number can be counted. However, small concentrations of traders belonging to the same community are encountered on a street or neighbourhood basis sometimes giving rise to guild areas. In this manner, distinct. speciaJization of types of merchandise retailed is found on an area1 basis. This phenomenon even remains apparent between the commercial regions. A strong relation appears to exist between the types of commercial environment and the three basic categories of clientele, the permanent. residents, the non-permanent residents and the tourists. In general the significant increase in the number of boutiques is in relation with the development of tourism in Singapore in the sixties. By catering more and more to tourists, the trade of Asian arts and crafts, which therefore contributes to bring foreign exchange in the Republic, seems to be taking on an added impetus.
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