Shophouse Slippers in Pink
Acrylic Painting, Silkscreen Printing & Stitchwork on Canvas
Peranakan Beaded Slippers, also known as Kasut Manek, are beaded footwear made and worn by Peranakan women as part of her traditional dress. Customarily, Peranakan women (or Nonyas) were required to learn beadwork before marriage. It usually takes about a week to complete a pair of beaded slippers. The intricate and fine workmanship is the hallmark of the skills and patience of the accomplished Nyonyas. This dying art has been enjoying a revival, with small groups of hobbyists learning the craft and practising it at home.
The photograph used in this artwork was taken at 43 Bussorah Street, Singapore.