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I am starting my blog on Malaysia's Independence Day - August 31, 2009 MERDEKA DAY
My country is 52 this year. I am happy to be a Malaysian and to be a part this happy, co-existing diversity of cultures & people. We are ONE MALAYSIA. Therefore, I chose this day to introduce to the world one of the traditional forms of embroidery - the Kerawang, a favourite among both the Malay & Peranakan Nyonya ladies.
Historically, this lace-like embroidery was used to adorn the short kebaya ('puah teng teh'), worn by the Straits-born Chinese women in Penang, Melaka & Singapore. They are called Peranakan Nyonyas because although they are Chinese, they have assimilated into Malay culture in terms of clothing, language & food. Melaka Nyonyas are mainly descendants from inter-marriages between Malay & Chinese (at the time when Admiral Cheng Ho & Princess Hang Li Po from China visited the Sultan of Melaka).
Now, the Kerawang embroidery is currently seeing a revival & evolving into standard day & evening wear among modern Malay women. You mainly see it on the baju kurung, kebaya labuh & sarong and tudung (Islamic head scraf).
Also used to decorate household accessories like cushions, table mats & table cloths.
Sulaman kerawang is a form of embroidery for our Malaysian traditional costume, the Kebaya.
I have been involved in Kerawang embroidery since 1990, sewing for designers & private clients.
Now, I want to share it with the WHOLE world!!