If you're wondering what to wear for Chinese New Year, take the lead from our lovely young ladies here:
You could don the sarong and kebaya, in semi-traditional manner with a single brooch pinned at the waist. Red is the preferred colour on the first day of Chinese New Year, but hot pink is a popular choice! Our young lady in pink looks stunning indeed!
For a more casual, but no less attractive attire, wear your new kebaya with blue jeans!
The top is worn in true Nyonya fashion, with a set of 3 kerosangs pinned down the middle. Most appropriate for going out visiting! Just grab a sling bag, and you're all set for a day out at your relatives' or friends'. You'll receive not only 'ang pows' but also compliments like, " You look so sweet," which this pretty lady is bound to get.
If you plan to stay at home and help your Mum serve your visitors, this outfit will transform you into the demure nyonya, for sure! Serving sweet desserts like 'tai bak' from this covered jar called 'kamcheng' is reminiscent of the early nyonyas' practice from days gone by...
A sweet smile of welcome from this gracious lady as she serves her kamcheng of 'acar' or pickled vegetables, at the dinner table. The kamcheng is a useful receptacle to keep 'acar', a traditional favourite in Peranakan households to be served at Chinese New Year meals.
It is customary that visitors bring some gifts during a Chinese New Year visit. Mandarin oranges are a favourite gift, as they are called 'kam' hence signifying gold or wealth. Some people still use a small bakul siah to put their mandarin oranges in. The bakul siah is a lacquered basket deemed auspicious, as it was traditionally used to bear wedding gifts. Of course, today, it is used as an item for home decor.
During Chinese New Year, the best tableware is brought out to be used. Peranakan families collect porcelain tableware made in China. The popular motifs on the designs are the phoenix (as seen on the pink porcelain in the photo), flowers and leaves.
And to usher in a prosperous new year, it is imperative that we smile, speak pleasant words, and emit good vibes, like these young ladies are doing!
To all our kebaya fans:
Wishing you a happy, prosperous and joyous Year of the Snake.
Introducing our new line of Little Nyonya Beaded Shoes
What are beaded shoes?
Peranakan beaded shoes, also known as kasut manik dates back to the early twentieth century. It refers to beaded slippers worn by a Nyonya to complete her Sarong Kebaya outfit. Vintage kasut manik are intricate and finely stitched, a testimony to the fine workmanship of yesteryears. The intricacy and fine workmanship of a pair of beaded slipper is also a hallmark of highly accomplished nyonyas, whose skills in embroidery and beadwork are highly valued.
How to purchase?
You may either buy the sewn beads or muka, and send it to your own cobbler, or give us your feet measurements to be custom made by us.
1. Trace an outline of your foot on a piece of paper
3. Measure the length of your foot, from the heel to the tip of your second toe (CD) in centimeters
4. Now measure the circumference of the widest part of your foot to get the thickness of your foot (E)
5. Provide us with AB, CD and E measurements in centimeteres (CM)
Select from our range of beaded patterns and designs as well as the type of shoe you would like made.
Type of shoe
Select from a range of heels
- wedge (1 inch)
- wedge (1.5 inch)
- wedge (2.5 inch)
- Standard heel (1.5 inch)
- Standard heel (2.5 inch)
- Slim heel (2 inch)
- Slim heel (2.5 inch)
- Slim heel (3 inch)
You also have a choice of adding an ankle strap (usually to a higher heel for more comfort and balance). You may also choose to make your shoes out of PVC or Leather.
As your beaded shoes are custom made, it would typically take 2-3 weeks for your shoes to be sewn. Please don't rush us! We find that rushing makes the elves and cobblers moody!
This year, the Baba Nyonya's 25th Anniversary Convention was held right here in Melaka! We couldn't say no to not attending, could we?
In fact, we set up shop right there in Hatten Hotel!
|Our little 'shop'|
|Rosie: Welcome to my Little Nyonya Kebaya Shop ;)|
|Little Nyonyas 'manning' the store. Ha ha!|
Nyonyas and Babas came from all corners of the world. We met many new friends from Melbourne, Phuket, Indonesia and Singapore! And after a long day of conventions (and shopping!) the peranakans were treated with a lovely entertaining dinner!
|This most entertaining Singaporean group got the diners up on their feet, dancing!|
|Kebaya fashion show!|
|We couldn't resist the music!!|
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