The Musée Branly offers us once again a brilliant insight on the South East Asian cultures with its exhibition on the Peranakan
Peranakan means in Malay " locally born" and designate the descendants of Chinese traders that drawn by commerce settled in Malaysia and married local women. Those alliances created a unique hybrid culture fueled with influences from Europe, China, Malaysia and India: the Peranakan culture.
Left: Family picture/ Right: The newly weds
|The biggest embroidered with pearls tablecloth known, the pattern and the colors were supposed to be a good omen for newly weds.|
|Kebaya, traditional women outfit|
The exhibition was so inspiring. The work of embroidery, the outfits, the ornament were really detailed and rich, definitely worth the visit!
A special big up to Jacques (Chirac of course), yeah let's give to Caesar what is Caesar's: he is the one who had the idea to create a museum focused on foreign cultures and civilizations.
Plus I love the architecture, it's pretty audacious to have built such a contemporary building for a totally traditional theme. It reminds me of Centre Pompidou.
So run, run to the Musée Branly this weekend... The exhibition will be over on the 30th of Jan!