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'Made in China'? A Case Study of Nonya Beadwork

Cheah, Hwei-Fen


South-east Asian embroidery often drew on foreign designs introduced through migration, trade and colonization. It is therefore not always easy to identify the cultural attribution of examples of such needlework. This article reviews the cultural ascription for a collection of early twentieth-century beadwork, initially thought to be Chinese but later reconsidered as being of the acculturated Chinese (Peranakan) communities in the Indonesian archipelago and the Malay peninsula. Using this...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: Textile History
DOI: 10.1179/004049607x177311


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