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Heart-shaped White Satin Earmuff with Patterns of Fish and Lotus Blossoms Front

Museum of Ethnic Costumes, Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology

Museum of Ethnic Costumes, Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology

Plain embroidery technique was used for the patterns featuring fish swimming among lotus blossoms, while chain stitches for the hem. As the most common category, plain embroidery is the foundation for any more complicated needlework. Although no limit imposed on the types of stitches or fabrics used in plain embroidery, different stitches such as satin, long and short, block shading, etc., can be selected based on the needs of palette or patterns. Meanwhile, in plain embroidery, almost all kinds of subjects can be chosen as patterns and depicted to details, which is a unique feature of this category. Chain Stitches are usually used for the edge of fabrics to fend off fraying. Out of the many types of chain stitches, this item adopted densely-arranged chain stitches with lengths changing in a fixed pattern, creating a beautiful saw-toothed edge while keeping it abrasion-resistant.

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  • Title: Heart-shaped White Satin Earmuff with Patterns of Fish and Lotus Blossoms Front
  • Date: Late Qing and Early Republican China (ca. Early 20th Century)
  • Original Source: http://www.biftmuseum.com/
  • Physical format: 9cm×9.5cm
  • Ethnic group: Han

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