Back in the 20th century, Nyonya beaded shoes were made to complete a Nyonya lady’s Sarung Kebaya outfit. These shoes were a hallmark of status as they are meticulously handmade. Each pair takes skilled artisans (one who has perfected the skills in many years of training) about 100 hours to make.
This art was imposed on young girls to attract rich handsome suitors by showing their sewing, embroidering and cooking skills. Nyonya ladies who can make these beaded shoes of extreme complexity, intricacy and fine workmanship are considered highly accomplished and are very valued.
By owning a pair these shoes, you are helping keep the fading traditional art of beaded shoes alive.