Keepsakes Gallery

Ying Wu

I learnt to make these figures watching my grandmother who sold them on the streets of Fuzhou, China. Now I make them for my children. They are made from coloured rice flour, wax and honey, which I roll out into dough and cut into shapes. I have to be careful my children don’t eat them… Read more

Asha Mohamed

My aunt sent me this Somalian shash as a gift. I was meant to wear it when I got married but for me it’s my connection to Somalia, as I’ve grown up and lived here all my life. Only married women in Somalia wear these headscarves, but I used to wear it when I was… Read more

Caitlin Witheridge

Pupil in uniform holds pretty autumnal-coloured parasol in park with trees behind.

Caitlin tells us about her mum’s pretty parasol from Thailand. My mum went on holiday to Thailand with my Thai Auntie and she brought this parasol back with her. It means something to me because somebody in Thailand took time out of their lives to hand paint the parasol for my Mum. Its special because… Read more

Eleanor Fanyinka

Eleanor tells us how her relationship with her Keepsake has changed over time. This snakeskin bag has been around for as long as I can remember. My brother and I would laugh at how alien it looked and felt. My Mum bought it when she lived in Ghana in 1970s. A few years back I… Read more