Slippers

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 main decorative motif on this piece is that of a young boy at play. Brightly coloured glass seed beads of blue, yellow and orange form the cloths that he is wearing. This forms a contrast to the darker green background on the piece.

Date/Period
1930s - 1960s
Region
Singapore
Dimension
Unknown Type: Please refer to parts
Accession No.
2009-01566
Material
Glass beads, cotton thread, cotton fabric
Collection of
Peranakan Museum
Category
Garments and Accessories