Penang, early 20th century
Silk damask embroidered with silk floss (knot stitch) and metal thread; silk knotwork fringe and tassels
Peranakan Museum [2005-01299]
The exuberance of Penang nyonya needlework is epitomized by this table cover. Worked in minute and closely-spaced knot stitches, phoenixes and peonies are surrounded with pineapples, grapes, finger citrons, peaches, bottle gourds, and melons. In the outermost band, birds and flowers metaphorically bring a wealth of good wishes to the nuptial table.