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Pathlight-designed pouch showcased by Ho Ching during State Visit

Madam Ho Ching was seen carrying the dinosaur-imprint pouch at the arrival ceremony at the White House South Lawn. .

SINGAPORE: The blue pouch that Madam Ho Ching, wife of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, brought along to the White House was designed by a student from Pathlight, a school in Singapore for children with autism.

She was seen carrying the dinosaur-motif pouch at the arrival ceremony at the White House South Lawn, where President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama officially welcomed Mr Lee and Mdm Ho to the US.

The pouch, called a Denim Pouch-Dino, was designed by 19-year-old Seetoh Sheng Jie, according to an Instagram post by the Art Faculty, a Pathlight School platform which promotes the talents of people with autism.

The pouch is available for sale on Art Faculty’s website at S$14.80. Artists earn a royalty with every purchase, Art Faculty said.

On its website, it described the artist, Sheng Jie, as “extremely pedantic” about dinosaurs. “The spelling of their full paleontological names, their detailed expressions captured in the miniature replicas he creates – everything must be done just right. No reference books are used. All his illustrations and figurines are produced from his personal knowledge,” it said.

Mdm Ho is an adviser to the Autism Resource Centre, which set up Pathlight, and a patron of the Autism Association Singapore.