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THE PHOENIX COLLAR
The Phoenix Collar : Manek-Manek Beads - Jewelry | Kits | Tutorials | Workshops
The Phoenix Collar : Manek-Manek Beads - Jewelry | Kits | Tutorials | Workshops
The Phoenix Collar : Manek-Manek Beads - Jewelry | Kits | Tutorials | Workshops
The Phoenix Collar : Manek-Manek Beads - Jewelry | Kits | Tutorials | Workshops The Phoenix Collar : Manek-Manek Beads - Jewelry | Kits | Tutorials | Workshops The Phoenix Collar : Manek-Manek Beads - Jewelry | Kits | Tutorials | Workshops
The Phoenix Collar : Manek-Manek Beads - Jewelry | Kits | Tutorials | Workshops The Phoenix Collar : Manek-Manek Beads - Jewelry | Kits | Tutorials | Workshops
The Phoenix Collar : Manek-Manek Beads - Jewelry | Kits | Tutorials | Workshops The Phoenix Collar : Manek-Manek Beads - Jewelry | Kits | Tutorials | Workshops The Phoenix Collar : Manek-Manek Beads - Jewelry | Kits | Tutorials | Workshops

Photography : Eric Lim | Make-up : Dalvinder Kaur

My Inspiration
A Traditional Phoenix Collar
Picture courtesy of the Peranakan Museum, Singapore
www.peranakanmuseum.sg | www.facebook.com/peranakanmuseum
 
2013
Battle Of The Beadsmith 2013 Entry

The Peranakan Chinese people are descendants of late 15th and 16th century Chinese traders attracted by the riches of South East Asia. Although many do not settle down in this foreign land, many also marry local women and making South East Asia their home. They bring with them their culture, traditions and dress. Over time, it evolved to a hybrid of the Chinese culture with the local culture.

 In particular, the Peranakan people are well known for their cuisine and their dedication to beautiful embroidery and beadwork. They incorporate many of the symbols and motives from China such as dragon, phoenix, peony and lotus.

The wedding day is one of the most important day for any young Peranakan lady. She will wear a traditional Chinese wedding gown that has been painstaking embroidered by her and other female members of the household for her big day.

The phoenix has always been a symbol of feminine power in the Peranakan society. And on her wedding day, over her wedding gown, she wears a Phoenix collar. And on this her wedding day, she is the phoenix. The collar has many movable layers representing the beautiful feathers of a phoenix.

It is this collar that has inspired me to create my version of the Phoenix collar. The collar is in 2 layers incorporating several styles of a modern take on traditional techniques.

The largest layer incorporates soutache work in luxurious golds and opal crystals. Embracing the soutache motive are sparking crystals rising like a phoenix. The elements are layered over luxurious
Thai silk in peacock blue and edged with gold.

On top of this layer is a layer of bead embroidered “feathers”. Opal crystals in a feather motive is surrounded by opal beads and crystals in a cloud like muted pattern to represent the
phoenix taking flight.

A crystal encrusted collar surrounding a central soutache motive forms the collar that holds all the “feathered” layers in place.

For an images of a traditional Peranakan wedding costume with a phoenix collar,
please follow the links below
http://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g294265-d1491151-i59498634-Peranakan_Museum-Singapore.html

http://midget38.hubpages.com/hub/-The-customs-and-dishes-made-by-the-straits-born-Chinese

To view all the masterpieces created for this event, click on the graphic below.

 
What is the Battle Of The Beadsmith?
192 Artists, 40 Countries. A Celebration of Bead Artistry around the World

The Beadsmith, wholesale supplier of beads and products to 4,000 independent bead shops worldwide, has once again issued a call to arms, inviting 192 bead artists to participate in the second “Battle Of The Beadsmith”.

The Battle, or as some call it “the contest where you win nothing” affords participating artists Eight weeks, from April 1st, to create a single piece of original beadwork. Each piece is randomly paired with the work of another artist in one of three “64 member Battle Groups”. Works are judged by a combination competing artists, invited judges, and the general public to determine which artists will move on to the next “battle”, where the judging process begins again.

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