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Purse (front)

National Heritage Board, Singapore

National Heritage Board, Singapore

Malacca or Singapore, late 19th or early 20th century
Silk velvet embroidered with metal thread, cordonnet, peacock feathers, sequins, metal purl, and glass seed beads; needle-woven edges reinforced with buttonhole bars. Reverse: wool flannel embroidered with silk floss (raised satin stitch) and cut steel beads
Peranakan Museum [G-0873]

Small purses were usually worked in several techniques. The flat metal thread couching produces a brocade-like surface. It is often combined with tekat timbul, a type of raised metal thread embroidery, in a basket-weave pattern. The relief effect, created with padding, mimics the raised patterns in repoussé metalwork (designs hammered from the back).

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