Slippers

This is a pair of green “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, the technique of embroidery used is the petit point beadwork, in which 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 main motif on this pair of slippers is a dog. This is reflective of the western influences within the Peranakan community. These slippers were traditionally worn with the “sarong kebaya” (blouse and skirt cloth) or the “baju panjang” (long tunic).

Date/Period
1930s-1960s
Region
Straits Settlements
Dimension
Unknown Type: Please refer to parts
Accession No.
2009-01543
Material
Cotton counted thread canvas, glass beads, leather, cotton thread
Collection of
Peranakan Museum
Category
Garments and Accessories