Firmly-woven thick but soft-feeling drapable black satin with inconspicuous floral patterns was chosen for this chi pao. Big hardly-visible flower motifs with subtle silk gloss on a matte black ground create an elegant and graceful charm. It is estimated that the original fabric could have a width of up to 70cm or more based on the seams on sleeves. Dark tile grey crepe with loosely-woven threads for lining and the wide black satin hem are in line with the overall color tone, which is dark but not dull.
The hem is also where the artisan’s ingenuity lies in. The wide black satin hem, coupled with the seemingly-redundant thin piping in the same color and textile with the hem and the foundation fabric, actually plays a role of adding light to the entire garment. They highlight the well-cut curvy lines, creating a sense of solemnity and grandeur. It is evident that this dress, both the current condition and techniques applied are among the best, has not been worn much and kept as treasure by its owner.