This is pair of “Kasut Manek”, the literal meaning being “beaded shoes”. As the piece comes with low heels, it is also known as “Kasut Tumit”. The slipper face is covered with bead embroidery or threading. This is a technique where coloured seed beads are stitched onto a base fabric using needle and thread. More specifically, petit point beadwork is used here. The needle worker uses coloured beads to stitch out patterns drawn onto square paper. Such bead embroidery was usually done on velvet or plain weave cotton and required the use of a frame or ‘pidangan’. The seed beads used here could be “Rocaille beads” or beads made of coloured glass. These are usually spheroidal in shape (compressed at the sides). The decorative motifs here include a large red flower blossom and green geometric shapes that form a grid like background. Different intensities of red coloured seed beads are used here to form varying shades of colour for the flower, providing it with a more naturalistic appeal.

1930s - 1960s
Unknown Type: Please refer to parts
Accession No.
Glass beads, cotton thread, cotton fabric
Collection of
Peranakan Museum
Garments and Accessories

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