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). The main decorative motifs are what could be a phoenix perched amidst an orange and a pink peony blossom. The phoenix is regarded as a symbol of high virtue while peonies are symbols of beauty, good fortune and nobility.

1930s - 1960s
Unknown Type: Please refer to parts
Accession No.
Cotton counted thread canvas, cotton thread, glass beads, leather
Collection of
Peranakan Museum
Credit Line
Given by mama seet. SPP. Seet Mui Kok wedding
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