Until the first half of the twentieth century, Nonya beadwork and embroidery were
important means of textile decoration for the Peranakans, the acculturated Chinese
settlers in the Straits Settlements and the Netherlands Indies. Intricate and visually
distinctive, Nonya beadwork is now regarded as a visual marker of a quaint Peranakan
past. Its amalgamation of local, Chinese, and European influences is seen as a
testimony to the celebrated hybridity of the Peranakan heritage. Yet despite...[Show more]
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