Slippers

This pair of embroidered slippers is embroidered using gold threads and sequins on a velvet base. Almost the entire slipper face is created using metallic thread embroidery. The main decorative motifs are flowers and insects (possibly crickets). Insects are symbols of fertility and abundance. The motifs are raised in high relief and to create this effect, thin strips of cardboard are cut out and pasted onto the parts of the outlines intended to be highlighted. The designs are then embroidered with silk, gold or silver threads using the long and short stitch, the alternating stitch or the overlapping stitch. This pair is possibly a pair of wedding slippers worn on the other days of the wedding celebrations apart from the main celebrations. The heavy use of gold thread work served to identify this category of footwear.

Date/Period
Early 20th century
Region
Straits Settlements
Dimension
Unknown Type: Please refer to parts
Accession No.
2005-01452
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Garments and Accessories