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 will be teaching three 6 hour classes divided into two 3 hour sessions each on Friday and Saturday nights from 7 pm to 10 pm Eastern time on May 7 & 8,  May 14 & 15, May 21 & 22, 2021.  Save the dates.  

Helena's Upcoming Classes

  • Sold Out
    Helena Tang-Lim - Seedpods
    Fri, May 07
    $90 + mandatory kit $TBD + Shipping.
    May 07, 7:00 PM EDT – May 08, 10:00 PM EDT
    $90 + mandatory kit $TBD + Shipping.
    The class will be delivered over 2 nights from 7 pm to 10 pm EDT Our seedpods unlike the real seedpod, stay a pod forever. Tiny beads surround a core bead to form colourful little pods
  • Sold Out
    Helena Tang-Lim - Stirrups
    Fri, May 14
    $90 + mandatory kit $TBD + Shipping.
    May 14, 7:00 PM EDT – May 15, 10:00 PM EDT
    $90 + mandatory kit $TBD + Shipping.
    The class will be delivered over 2 nights from 7 pm to 10 pm EDT Just like the stirrup used by equestrians, the necklace features a stirrup as its centerpieces. A beautiful rectangular crystal sparkle as a pendant below the stylized stirrup.
  • Sold Out
    Helena Tang-Lim - Metamorphosis
    Fri, May 21
    $90 + mandatory kit $TBD + Shipping.
    May 21, 7:00 PM EDT – May 22, 10:00 PM EDT
    $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.
  • Waitlist Registration
    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.
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Instagram