One of the biggest dowries sent out with a bride was my Third Aunt, Pearl Tiong. My mother used to tell us that she was really loved and well sent off.
My father's third brother, Uncle Hua King, married my Third Aunt, Lu Kie Kee and she also came to the Tiong family with many "tang" of bridal gifts.
|Photo from e-bay (Sharland and Lewis) This blanket is priced more than US$ 100.00 now.|
Made by Sharland and Lewis of Dorset, England, this woollen blanket was imported by Singapore and later retailed to shops in Sibu like Ta Sing and Ta Hing (still in High Street ,Sibu). The Foochows believe that this blanket would bring a lot of good luck to the bride and it would last her from her wedding day , see her through her confinements, old age sickness and then to her grave.
There have been lots of tales related to the RED BLANKET.
Any one interested in old time bridal practices, can write in to me. We should actually document all these stories in book form for future generation to read.
I hope a blanket like this can be exhibited in the Fuzhou History and Gallery in Upper Lanang in Sibu.