Each object tells the story of a time and a people…
Each trip inspires, opens your eyes to new cultures and allows you to understand the world around you. Through architecture, objects and decoration, we discover the history of an era and a people.
Here we are in Malaysia where the interiors of beautiful traditional Peranakan mansions have been restored in the 19th century style. Style appreciated by the rich Chinese of the Straits, descendants of the pioneers who assimilated the Malay culture.
Residences of the late nineteenth century, they mix eastern and western elements: louvered windows, Art Nouveau stained glass, beautiful tiles, wooden furniture delicately inlaid with mother of pearl…
The lanterns were hand painted and placed outside each of the houses. It was a way for families to let people know who owned the house, and to let them know the name of their company. Before electricity came into the street in the 1920s, lanterns were lit by candles.
Chinese embroidery, the traditional craft art of China, occupies an important place in the history of Chinese art. China was the first country to produce silk (at least since the third millennium BC) and silk embroidery has been highly sought after beyond the Chinese world since ancient times.
The structure of the drawing, insofar as an important part of Chinese embroidery refers to painting, is an essential element in Chinese embroidery, as well as the study of the methods specific to each point, the choice of an overall coloring effect, the combination of material effects and the composition of shapes and colors. The art of embroidery was practiced in China by women, regardless of their rank in Chinese society, and by men. They were all called the “green window people”.
The costumes of the bride and groom were also embroidered silk. Adornments of a married couple in 1917. In the 1900s, Malacca’s wedding costumes were ordered from Shanghai or from a Shanghai tailor who lived in Singapore. These costumes follow the fashion of the Qing dynasty (1644-1912)
It was a pleasure to share with you what amazed me. These craft talents are endless and have no boundaries. They allow to remember…
These craftsmen, wherever they may be, have left and are leaving a mark today, a lesson in history for future generations.
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