I’m not sure whether it’s a fashion trend or what, but it seems that these days in Malaysia, among Malay women, they are crazy with beading. Whether it’s on the blouse, on baju kurung or shawl, it’s a frenzy and the in thing. Everywhere at the fashion boutique they have beads on the clothing.
So being somewhat fascinated with the art of beading, I went for a basic class and bought a few beading books. I managed to jahit manik on 3-4 old baju kurung I have in my closet. Just to give it a new, trendy beaded look.
Oh, I used manik jepun as they call it because the quality is better than the cheaper grade of beads and the color is more vibrant and long lasting.
I am yet to try more complicated type of beading, these two are called piramid and manik beriring. As you can see the piramid design has something pyramid like, bigger and getting smaller with lesser number of beads at the end. While manik beriring is quite easy to sew, it’s just a straight stitch with a slight twist.
I’m beading on the latest baju kurung I have and hopefully I have more weddings to attend next year so that I get to wear this new beaded baju kurung..heh!