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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 - Polaris
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    Fri, Feb 11
    $90 + mandatory kit $TBD + Shipping.
    Feb 11, 2022, 7:00 PM EST – Feb 18, 2022, 10:00 PM EST
    $90 + mandatory kit $TBD + Shipping.
    The class will be delivered over 2 nights from 7 pm to 10 pm EDT 2/11 and 2/18 At the end of the handle of the Little Dipper sits a very bright star. A very special star that never seems to move in relation to the North Pole of the Earth. It shines brightly in the same location all year long.
  • Helena Tang-Lim - Grecian Urn
    Sat, Feb 12
    $90 + mandatory kit $TBD + Shipping.
    Feb 12, 2022, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EST
    $90 + mandatory kit $TBD + Shipping.
    The class will be delivered over 2 nights from 7 pm to 10 pm EDT 2/12 and 2/13 In the beginning, civilizations spent their time consumed with just providing for their basic needs – food, water, shelter, and safety. However, when a civilization begins to mature, its needs grow beyond just surviving.
  • Helena Tang-Lim - Metamorphosis 2/19
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    Sat, Feb 19
    $90 + mandatory kit $TBD + Shipping.
    Feb 19, 2022, 7:00 PM EST – Feb 20, 2022, 10:00 PM EST
    $90 + mandatory kit $TBD + Shipping.
    The class will be delivered over 2 nights from 7 pm to 10 pm EDT In biology, metamorphosis a profound change in form from one stage to the next in the life history of an organism, as from the caterpillar to the pupa and from the pupa to the adult butterfly.
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