On the folded sleeves, collar, diagonal placket and side slits there are rich edge decorations, which are, from innermost to outermost, white satin strips with floral patterns; black satin bands embellished with motifs of flowers, butterflies and phoenix that are in well-arranged compositions and rich colors, standing out as an interesting contrast to the white strips; and plain black satin tapes.
The motifs of phoenix flying around peony blossoms on the white folded cuffs are in vivid forms and a harmonious palette, revealing the ingenious skills of the crafters. With phoenix the king and queen of birds, and peony the king of all flowers, the combination of the two became a fixed pattern as early as in the Song and Yuan dynasties (960-1368 AD), and reached popularity during the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1911 AD). It has been most often seen on apparel and accessories for nobilities, conveying people’s wishes for peace and prosperity. The patterns of flowers, butterflies and phoenix are well-positioned with proper density on the black satin strips. The butterflies on apparel of the Qing dynasty (1644-1911 AD) are usually in natural forms but full of liveliness, as crafters during that period attached great importance to depicting butterflies realistically.