Peranakan beaded shoes, or kasut manek, are worn by Nyonya to complete their kebaya outfit. Made from intricate and colourful beads, this elegant footwear garners admiration and compliments at weddings and important occasions. The fine workmanship that goes into stitching the beaded shoes marks a highly accomplished Peranakan woman.
Learn about the history of the traditional kasut manek, and how it plays a significant role for Peranakan brides. Not only would matchmakers study the maiden's handicraft, the bride would also make an assortment of slippers to be part of her dowry.
Under the guidance of your Peranakan master, you will be able to craft a simple design using beautiful beads. Once you've completed your design for the top of the shoe, you can either bring it home to display, or let a cobbler craft it into your very own Peranakan beaded shoes!
Peranakan Beaded Shoes WorkshopAfter an introduction to Peranakan beaded shoes and the significance of this handicraft amongst the community, you will have the chance to stitch your own needlework. While working on your handicraft, enjoy some Peranakan kuih and drinks. You can choose to display your end product, or bring it to a cobbler.
Pinang Peranakan Mansion, Church Street, Georgetown, George Town, Penang, MalaysiaHow to get there
Meet me in front of Pinang Peranakan Museum.