SINGAPORE BICENTENNIAL Collection of leather passport, A6 and A5 book covers with the first detailed map of Singapore Harbour laser-etched on its cover made with premium vegetable-tanned cowhide leather with natural grain pattern and colour.
ARKADEMIE launched the SINGAPORE BICENTENNIAL Collection on the 6th February 2019, exactly 200 years the Singapore Treaty was signed between Sir Stamford Raffles, Sultan Hussein and Temenggong, establishing the first British Settlement in Singapore.
The map image on the cover is inspired by the very first map of the Singapore Harbour drawn by Captain Daniel Ross, a hydrographer accompanying Sir Stamford Raffles, in February 1819 prior to the signing of the Singapore Treaty. The map was then officially published in May 1819 in the Calcutta Journal. It is believed that this map was instrumental in the Treaty negotiation between Raffles and Temenggong on the 6th February 1819.
Genuine, 4-oz full-grained, vegetable-tanned cowhide leather is used to make this unique collection. Seams are fully saddle-stitched by hand - a time-honoured method in fine leather crafting, ensuring durability and flexibility over time. Edges are unfinished and left unburnished for an authentic parchment look.
Designed, hand-crafted and hand-stitched in Singapore.