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Kasut Manek (Beaded Shoes)

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kasut manek

Finally, I finished my second pair of Kasut Manek. It has been the most eye-straining project I have done. Average people take about 2 weeks, even months to complete but I took about 12 days (working throughout day and night). I did my first pair about 9 years ago for my wedding, unfortunately, it was stolen during a break-in.

The Manek or beads I used is Size 15 Japanese seedbeads. I used 7 colors: white, silver-lined blue, yellow, silver-lined yellow, opaque green, opaque chartreuse, and black. There are manek shoes made from bigger beads, size 11 but personally, I prefer the smaller size as it makes the pattern look finer and better.

how to sew beads

First of all, clamp a 16-count cross-stitch cloth onto a rectangular frame, trace an outline of the shoes cover of the pattern and size you want (I got it from the shoes-maker who is going to do the final part of the shoes). Start of with sewing the top and bottom outline (blue colour beads in my picture shown below). Next, start sewing the beads from the center of the pattern. The bead should be sewn in diagonal direction on a square of the cross-stitch cloth. Pick one bead into the needle for every square you sew.

how to make beaded shose

Upon finishing, you can give your manek shoes cover (shown above) to your shoes-maker to attach the sole and heel in order to complete the kasut manek. Choose the colour you prefer for the sole and heel. I used blue for the sole and white for the heel. The shoes-maker will need to measure your foot in order to perfectly fit your feet. If you can’t present yourself there, you can trace your foot outline on a paper and measure the width of the widest part across the upper arch of your feet. Some shoes-makers will want you to come again to fit the shoes before he nails and fixes it permanently.


I developed a step by step tutorial for manek shoes beading:

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Maia Cheong

Sunday 15th of April 2018

Hi I'm interested in the beading tutorial. Is it still available? Where is it held and the cost? Thank you.


Oana Roman

Monday 15th of August 2016

You are a very unselfish artist and a very good teacher. Thank you for sharing. I am from Romania, Europe. Have a nice life of crafting !!!


Sunday 29th of March 2015

Hi,thank you for your unselfish sharing. My mom used to sew this shoes in the early 60's but she passed away before I could learn from her. I have always wanted to do it but in Singapore few people teach and I am not the type to go for lasses, so I really appreciate your sharing and can start doing it. Thanks

tarcila salas

Wednesday 10th of April 2013

hola craft passion

soy colombiana y me encanta todo lo relacionado con las mostacillas o cuentas, gracias por compartir tus creaciones con los que nos interesan.

Translation (by Google): hello craft passion

I am Colombian and I love everything about the beads or beads, thanks for sharing your creations with which we are concerned.


Saturday 2nd of February 2013

Hi, I read your blog and know that you must be in Penang as well, would you mind tell where do you learnt a beads shoes. I am interested in making a beads shoes, but I'm not sure where can I learn it from beginning like design and draw a template. Thanks a lot.

Craft Passion

Saturday 2nd of February 2013

You are right, I am in Penang. You can go to Sin Seng Lee at Penang Road (Komta stretch), they have the everything you need to make kasut manek. Hope this help.