top of page
unnamed.jpg

 

Helena Tang-Lim

THE MANEK LADY

I live in the Far East - an area that is rich in potpourri of many ethnic cultures, races, and religions. From this melting pot of cultures, many influences from both the East and West have created a society of people that have come to love very intricately designed and hand-crafted fashion and accessories.

But how did I come to be so fascinated with these little manek-manek?

Way back in 1995, I came across an old pair of antique beaded shoes that are extremely popular with the Straits Chinese people of the then Malayan Peninsula. I was absolutely fascinated by the intricate details of individual hand beading using tiny size 13 charlottes (potong manek). I set myself the task to find out how this could be done.

The birth of my first own hand beaded shoes (kasut manek) as worn by the Straits Chinese lady (bibi) of the day came soon after.

From there, the rest you could say is history. After shoes, there came little amulet bags in peyote weave, then knitted bags, then crocheted bags and accessories and ...

Do explore my dedication to manek-manek. I would love to hear from you and share other
manek-manek obsessions with you.

See more of Helena's art at www.manek-manek.com

Helena's Upcoming Classes

  • Helena Tang-Lim - Infinity
    Helena Tang-Lim - Infinity
    Sold Out
    Sun, Jul 21
    $90 + mandatory kit $TBD
    Jul 21, 2024, 8:00 PM EDT – Jul 28, 2024, 11:00 PM EDT
    $90 + mandatory kit $TBD
    Jul 21, 2024, 8:00 PM EDT – Jul 28, 2024, 11:00 PM EDT
    $90 + mandatory kit $TBD
    Infinity (symbol: ∞) is an abstract concept describing something without any limit usually used in the field of mathematics and physics. Never-ending; endless ….. – The inspiration for this necklace.
  • Helena Tang-Lim - Amphora
    Helena Tang-Lim - Amphora
    Sold Out
    Fri, Jul 26
    $90 + mandatory kit $TBD
    Jul 26, 2024, 8:00 PM EDT – Jul 27, 2024, 11:00 PM EDT
    $90 + mandatory kit $TBD
    Jul 26, 2024, 8:00 PM EDT – Jul 27, 2024, 11:00 PM EDT
    $90 + mandatory kit $TBD
    The Amphora has the same characteristic shape of a Greek amphora. Although traditional amphorae often have lids, most have not survived through time. Our amphora is capped with a beautiful melon bead encased with beads.
  • Tang-Lim, Helena - Waitlist
    Tang-Lim, Helena - Waitlist
    As per event details
    As per event details
    As per event details
    As per event details
    As per event details
    As per event details
    Please click the Register Now button to fill out the registration form to be placed on the waitlist for one or more of our events.
bottom of page