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Nyonya Needlework: Embroidery and Beadwork in the Peranakan World

This exhibition celebrates the art of nyonya needlework, a vibrant part of Peranakan Chinese heritage. Spectacular curtains and hangings, delicate purses, handkerchiefs, and slippers were painstakingly stitched with tiny beads, silk, and gold and silver threads for special occasions and as gifts.
Some of the finest examples of nyonya needlework, from the Peranakan Museum and major international collections, will be displayed. Visitors can discover the ingenuity and skill embedded in the art, the importance of tradition, and the innovations inspired by the dynamic, multicultural environment of the region.
Image Credit: 

  1. Table cover. Penang, early 20th century. Silk, metal thread, diameter 119 cm. Peranakan Museum, Singapore [2005-01299]
  2. Woman’s ankle boots. Java (Indonesia), late 19th century. Silk, lametta, metal, sequins, gold, brass, stucco, height 24.5 cm. Peranakan Museum, Singapore, Gift of Mr and Mrs Lee Kip Lee [2012-00208]
  3. Wedding bed valance (bin chng chai). Penang (Malaysia), early 20th century. Silk, metal, glass beads, 197.3 x 68 cm. Peranakan Museum, Singapore [2005-01293]
  4. Ceremonial handkerchief (sapu tangan). Malacca (Malaysia), late 19th century. Silk, metal beads, glass beads, cordonnet, 34.2 x 20 cm. Peranakan Museum, Singapore [2011-01556]
  5. Belt. West Sumatra (Indonesia), 1912. Cotton, silk, glass beads, 7.5 x 88 cm. National Museum of Singapore [G-0808]
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  • Free admission for infant in arms and child aged below 7 years old.
  • Child 7 years old and above must purchase ticket for admission.

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  • No Photography, Video recording and Audio recording is allowed for this event

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S$5.00 for Non-Singaporean Student, Senior Citizen (Age 60 & above) and PWD

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S$4.00 for Travel Agent Non Singaporean Adult

S$2.00 for Travel Agent Non Singaporean Student, Senior citizen (age 60 & sbove) and PWD

Event Date
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 - Sun, 18 Jun 2017

Daily: 10am - 7pm
Friday: 10am - 9pm

Ticket Pricing
(Excludes Booking Fee)

S$9 (Non Singaporean Adult)
S$3 (Singapore /  PR Adult)