Malacca or Singapore, early 20th century
Silk velvet embroidered with metal thread, silk floss (raised satin stitch), cordonnet, metal purl, and sequins
Peranakan Museum [2011-01871]

Ceremonial accessories for Peranakan Chinese children were often lavishly beaded or embroidered. Children’s shoes were modeled on booties with an ankle strap. Decorations were no different from those for adults’ garments, relaying the desires for wealth, health, fertility, peace, and longevity.


  • Title: Child’s shoes

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