As prescribed by Paulina Constancia
|Here’s a display of some finished slip-on sandals.
“The beaded slippers were worn by both the Peranakan males (baba) and females (nyonya) and were popular in the 1930s. Nowadays, the beaded slippers are more commonly worn by women only.
The beaded slippers were made for two types of occasions. For happy occasions, like the Chinese New Year or birthdays, these beaded slippers used colorful beads with intricate patterns. For sad occasions, the beads used were likely to be in black, white or blue colors (Chinese mourning colors), and the patterns were simple.
The beaded slippers were either opened face (peep-toe) or covered face. The popular motifs used for the patterns were flowers, birds, butterflies, and fruits. These motifs, likely to appeal to the femininity of the Peranakan women, had both European and Chinese influence. The sample patterns were likely to be cross-stitched, with each stitch representing a bead. The beads were then used in the actual beading of the slippers. The Peranakan pattern for the beaded slipper is unique in that even the background is quite ornate resulting in a colorful patterned mosaic with a well-defined border.” via Wikipedia
|Some of the Nyonya beaded purses|
-Peranakan Beaded Slippers on wikipedia
-Phoenix Rising: Narratives in Nyonya Beadwork from the Straits Settlements (check out this book from the National University of Singapore Press)
–Fascination with traditional Nyonya shoe-beading craft