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2004/13/5 Slipper faces (2), unmade, cotton velvet / cotton / cotton thread / glass beads / starch, Nyonya women, Penang, Malaysia, 1920-1930
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Object statement
Slipper faces (2), unmade, cotton velvet / cotton / cotton thread / glass beads / starch, Nyonya women, Penang, Malaysia, 1920-1930
This pair of slipper faces are a fine examples of traditional embroidered and beaded footwear from Malaysia made in the early 20th century by ethnic Chinese women. These faces were made by women of the Chinese community living in Malaysia and therefore are a nice complement to shoes for bound feet as worn by Han Chinese women of the same period.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, a distinctive Chinese community evolved in Peninsular Malaya. The group flourished in the former British colonies along the Straits of Malacca, namely, Penang, Malacca and Singapore. The community is referred to as Straits Chinese, also known as Chinese Baba or simply Baba. The women are called Nyonya. From the late 19th century until WWII young Nyonya of marriageable age were taught to sew and embroider articles for their personal use as well as for their wedding ceremony. These included pillow covers, bed hangings and decorative panels used in the bridal chamber. Of special significance was the embroidering and beading of the wedding slippers. The prospective bride prepared a range of slippers to be presented as part of her wedding dowry, to the groom and his family. To show off the bride's work a special showcase of embroidered footwear was displayed in the bridal chamber.

A pair of beaded slippers sewn by the bride herself would be worn for the first time on the third day of the wedding, and thereafter worn on less ceremonial occasions and eventually becoming casual footwear.

In the 1940s interest in traditional Nyonya embroidery waned and influenced by Western fashion many women were married in white wedding gowns and western footwear. With the resurgence in all things Nyonya in the late 1970s traditional methods of beading and embroidery came back into fashion.
These uppers were made by Nyonya women in Penang, Malaysia in the 1920s-1930s.

The uppers were embroidered by Nyonya, ethnic Chinese women living in Malaysia. In the 18th and 19th centuries, a distinctive Chinese community evolved in Peninsular Malaya. The group flourished in the former British colonies alongthe Straits of Malacca, namely, Penang, Malacca and Singapore. The community is referred to as Straits Chinese, also known as Chinese Baba or simply Baba. The women are called Nyonya.

The Nyonya crafted only the uppersides of the slipper. The ground fabric was loosely stretched over a rectangular wooden frame and embroidered or beaded. When completed, the embroidered pieces were cut out, pasted with sago starch onto layers of gauze or cotton, and made into slippers by a cobbler.
These uppers were used by Nyonya women in Penang, Malaysia.

From the late 19th century until WWII young Nyonya of marriageable age were taught to sew and embroider articles for their personal use as well as for their wedding ceremony. These included pillow covers, bed hangings and decorative panels used in the bridal chamber. Of special significance was the embroidering and beading of the wedding slippers. The prospective bride prepared a range of slippers to be presented as part of her wedding dowry, to the groom and his family. To show off the bride's work a special showcase of embroidered footwear was displayed in the bridal chamber. A pair of beaded slippers sewn by the bride herself would be worn for the first time on the third day of the wedding, and thereafter worn on less ceremonial occasions and eventually becoming casual footwear.

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Description
Slipper faces (2), unmade, cotton velvet / cotton / cotton thread / glass beads / starch, Nyonya women, Penang, Malaysia, 1920-1930.

Emerald green cotton velvet rectangle with two layers of printed cotton glued and machine sewn to the reverse side. The outlines of two round toed slipper faces have been marked on the velvet and a design of tiny white glass has been applied to the faces. It appears to be a stylised peacock with two black beads for an eye with a plant at each side. The faces appear ready to be cut out and sent to the cobbler for manufacture into slippers.

Made: Nyonya women; Penang, Malaysia; 1920 - 1939


Used: Nyonya women; Penang, Malaysia; 1920 - 1930
2004/13/5
Production date
1920 - 1939
Height
246 mm
Width
195 mm

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Acquisition credit line
Gift of Roger Grellman, 2004
Subjects
+ Chinese culture
+ Embroidery industry
+ Straits Chinese culture
+ Nyonya culture
+ Peacocks
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