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Malaysia

Title
Peranakan wedding bed valance
Place of origin
Malaysia
Cultural origin
Peranakan culture
Year
early 20th century
Media category
Textile
Materials used
silk and gold thread embroidery
Dimensions

488.0 x 126.0 cm (irreg.)

Credit
Accessioned 2008
Accession number
422.2008
Location
Not on display
Further information

This textile demonstrates the level of skill and artistry attained by Perankan embroiders in the 19th century. Peranakan culture was a fusion of the local Malay culture and that of the Chinese who primarily came to trade in Malacca beginning in the 15th century. Through the years further influences also came from other cultures including India, Portugal and the United Kingdom. This valance would have been the horizontal part of a traditional wedding bed canopy. Intricately embroidered with silk and gilt thread, it is patterned with colourful birds and butterflies. The decoration is auspicious, as is the original red background.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, December 2008