Nyonya needlework is a lot more than just stitching brightly coloured beads onto a shoe. The Peranakan Museum’s latest exhibition, Nyonya Needlework: Embroidery and Beadwork in the Peranakan World, is testament to that. Displaying over 200 pieces, it showcases the rich diversity of Peranakan craft from various regions, including Malacca, Penang and Indonesia, and how different cultural influences and motifs pervade these masterpieces.
If the gorgeous creations have caught your eye, and you’re itching to make some handmade crafts of your own, you can. Get the low-down on the techniques used to make exquisite patterns – beading, silk embroidery, fabric printing, and cooking are just some of the skills you can pick up at the museum’s workshop series. But first, here are a couple of things you need to know to get your stitch game up to par.
Photo by Peranakan Museum.