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Woman’s slippers

National Heritage Board, Singapore

National Heritage Board, Singapore

Malacca or Singapore, 1920 to 1940
Silk velvet and cotton embroidered with metal thread, sequins, metal purl, cut steel beads, peacock feather, and cordonnet
National Museum of Singapore [G-0254-B]

The cartouches around the motifs are derived from Chinese textile designs. The curly brackets at the sides of the women’s slippers are a simplified version of the curvilinear cloud or fungus decoration on Chinese shoes.

This is one of a pair of matching set of slippers probably for a wedding couple. Their luxurious materials, intricate details, and rich textures are hallmarks of nyonya needlework.

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