This is pair of “Kasut Manek”, the literal meaning being “beaded shoes”. 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). This piece has the maker’s name “Dah Hwa Shoe Co.” printed on it. The main decorative motif is a pink bird set against a colourful background. It is made up of parallel lines of different colours of blue, orange and green. Each line is further enhanced with zig zag line patterns across the parallel lines.

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

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