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, 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 is the animated cartoon character Betty Boop, which was popular in the 1930s. Two mouse like characters are at her side. At the bottom are the words “Mouse Betty Boop”. Such cartoon images were common from the 1930s onwards. This was a result of greater access to printed images and the cinema. These slippers were traditionally worn with the “sarong kebaya” (blouse and skirt cloth) or the “baju panjang” (long tunic).

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Cotton counted thread canvas, glass beads, leather, cotton thread
Collection of
Peranakan Museum
Garments and Accessories