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Hoof-shaped Bicolor Satin Pouch Featuring Patterns of Twin Lotus Flowers, Bats, Deer and Peaches Front

Museum of Ethnic Costumes, Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology

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

On this pouch, gold or silver couching embroidery was used for the patterns of bats, deer and peaches as well as twin lotus lowers on the same stalk (a symbol of love and loyalty between lovers). Originated from couching embroidery, gold or silver couching embroidery means patterns made of gold or silver threads in parallel stitches are fastened onto the foundation fabric with silk thread stitches. Such an embroidery technique reached popularity as early as in the Tang and Song dynasties (618-1279 AD). Silver threads were used to create motifs on this item, and then fixed with silk threads of different colors based on needs to create a natural visual effect. These evenly- and densely- arranged silver and silk stitches not only create a visually appealing effect to this item but also reveal the ingenious skills of the crafter(s).

Details

  • Title: Hoof-shaped Bicolor Satin Pouch Featuring Patterns of Twin Lotus Flowers, Bats, Deer and Peaches Front
  • Date: Late Qing and Early Republican China (ca. Early 20th Century)
  • Original Source: http://www.biftmuseum.com/
  • Physical format: 11cm×7.8cm
  • Ethnic group: Han

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