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Wedding slippers
2009-02891
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This is an unusual pair from East Indonesia made by the donor's mother for her own wedding and is in good condition.

History of the Object
This is a pair of embroidered wedding slippers. Gold and silver threads, sequins and appliquéd silver ornaments are used here to form the decorative motifs. Such slippers were usually embroidered by the bride to be herself. These would form part of her bridal trousseau, and she would have up to 12 pairs of such slippers or shoes, one for each day of the 12 day long marriage ceremonies during which a specific rite was performed each day. She would also prepare a pair for her husband to be.

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Silk, gold thread, cotton, leather 
Measurements
H:9.2 x W:7.5 x D:22.8 cm each 
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
unknown 
Where it was made
Manado, Eastern Indonesia 
Geography
Indonesia 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
Early 20th century 
Function
These slippers were used by a Peranakan bride during her 12 day wedding in Manado, Indonesia.  
Acquisition
 
Copyright
Peranakan Museum, Singapore 
Acknowledgements
Jackie Yoong, Maria Khoo Joseph 
Owner
Peranakan Museum, Singapore 
Museum
Peranakan Museum, Singapore 
Credit line
Gift of Family Tan Tjien Sian, Manado 

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