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Lozenge-shaped Indigo Satin Chinese Bellyband with Patterns of Peaches, Buddha-hands and Pomegranates Front

Museum of Ethnic Costumes, Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology

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

Regarding embroidery techniques, this item applied seed stitches and split stitches. In seed stitches, the crafters usually make a loop around the needle tip after beginning a stitch and then pull the loop all the way down to the fabric by pulling the needle to the opposite direction and then fix the loop onto the fabric by passing the needle across the fabric, creating seed-like dots on the foundation fabric, hence the name. Given their features of abrasion-resistance and relief-style effect, seed stitches are often used as supplemental stitches for subjects with a prominent texture such as stamens, or used for the entire patterns of flowers, animals or figures. It is the seed stitches that were used for the motifs of peaches, chayote, gourds, grapes, pomegranates, etc. in the floral medallions on this bellyband. The seed-like spots in these motifs, with natural and beautiful colors, are densely-and well-arranged, making these objects vivid and lively.

Details

  • Title: Lozenge-shaped Indigo Satin Chinese Bellyband with Patterns of Peaches, Buddha-hands and Pomegranates Front
  • Date: Qing Dynasty (1644-1911 AD)
  • Original Source: http://www.biftmuseum.com/
  • Physical format: 60cm×66cm
  • Ethnic group: Han

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