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Hang Li Po Hairpins

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Destination: Malacca, Malaysia

Delicate gilt-silver hairpins like these were once a wardrobe staple amongst Nyonyas, the female members of the Baba-Nyonya, or Malaysians of Chinese descent. We named this pair after the mythic Chinese princess who was supposedly sent to by the Emperor of China to the Sultan of Malacca as a token of friendship. According to legend, the Baba-Nyonya are the progeny of Hang Li Po’s 500-head entourage—though as there is zero historical record of the Princess and her retinue, the large and well-documented group of Chinese merchants who settled in Malaysia as early as the 15th century are probably the group’s more likely forebears.


The traditional Nyonya wardrobe may as well be synonymous with “elegance.” Back in the day, Nyonyas wore beaded slippers and a long tunic called baju panjang, with their long hair twisted up into a ... Read More

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2.5" L

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