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Colorful Horse-face Skirt with Scale Pleats and Patterns of Butterflies Around Flowers Front

Museum of Ethnic Costumes, Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology

Museum of Ethnic Costumes, Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology
Beijing, China

Garments like this one are known as horse-face shirts in China due to the shape of panels. Lacelike embellishment was used to its best result on the hem of this skirt. When applying this kind of decoration, a pre-designed pattern would be cut right of the fabric that will be used for the garment so that motifs are created by making the interior fabric visible through the cuts. The central panels on both the front and back of this skirt are in the textile of purple satin without conspicuous decorative pattern except for the four group butterfly and flower motifs created based on the combination of embroidery and lacelike decoration on the lower half of the black satin hem and two lap corners. The four groups are composed of two pair of motif combinations located in symmetry, of which the upper pair, each having a length of 12cm and a width of 5cm, features butterflies, plum blossoms and round moons, while the lower two, each 8cm long and 5cm wide, have patterns of butterflies and peach flowers.

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  • Title: Colorful Horse-face Skirt with Scale Pleats and Patterns of Butterflies Around Flowers Front
  • Date: Republic of China (1912-1949 AD)
  • Original Source: http://www.biftmuseum.com/
  • Physical format: 94cm×123cm
  • Ethnic group: Han

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