Miao Women’s Colorful Embroidered Batik Shirt with Vertical Placket Details

Museum of Ethnic Costumes, Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology

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

Made with handmade indigo batik for outer fabric and light blue cotton cloth for lining, this shirt has wide sleeves, a vertical placket and two side slits opening from bottom up to 5cm beneath armpits, a front with bottom touching the belly and a back with bottom reaching keens. White belts would be used to tie the blouse around waist when this garment is worn.
There are rectangular batik patterns scattering around the central front panel, the collar, sleeves and the upper half of the back. Filled in these squares are abstract botanic figures in colors of blue, red and yellow, looking lively though neatly-arranged. Pieces of light reddish purple cloth with dyed patterns were appliqued on the bust area, with colors in line with the palette of batik motifs.
The highlight of this shirt lies in the embellishment on the lower part of the back panel. Strips of colored cloth, coupled with geometric patterns embroidered with counted stitches, complemented by the single one strip of azure cloth on the upper half, constituting an ingeniously-designed bright palette on the back of this garment.


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