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Women’s Brick-red Satin Rolled-sleeve Padded Jacket with Floral and Butterfly Patterns Front

Museum of Ethnic Costumes, Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology

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

The embroidered floral medallions on this jacket feature various lifelike animals, birds, butterflies, plants, etc. The expressions, hair and feathers of animals and birds are so vivid and lively thanks to the combination of various stitches such as layered stitches and flat stitches, long and short stitches, satin stitches, scale stitches, seed stitches, pad stitches, just as what the satin stitches, long and short stitches, layered and flat stitches and split stitches have contributed to the depiction of flowering plants, and outline stitches to floating clouds and flowing creeks. It is amazing that so many different kinds of stitches chosen based on subjects could be arranged on the same garment with a rich color palette without creating a messy image.
The rows of ruyi-shaped cloud patterns done by gold couching embroidery on the 8.8cm-wide hem bound with cobalt blue satin on positions of collar, diagonal placket and bottom stand out as a contrast to the hem foundation in terms of palette, texture and light effect, creating a sense of rhythmic movements.

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  • Title: Women’s Brick-red Satin Rolled-sleeve Padded Jacket with Floral and Butterfly Patterns Front
  • Date: Late Qing and Early Republican China (ca. Early 20th Century)
  • Original Source: http://www.biftmuseum.com/
  • Physical format: 105.8cm×129.4cm
  • Ethnic group: Han

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