Sir Stamford Raffles allotted the area as an ethnic enclave to the Muslim population and it became the focal point for Arab trade and traditional Malay culture. Earlier Muslim men's headgear (or songkok), the holy Quran and prayer mats were sold at Arab Street. The Kampong Glam and Arab Street today are famous for their textiles. You will find the pavements of Arab Street flowing with chiffon, silk, cotton georgette and the batiks of Indonesia and Malaysia.
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