University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:97-12-3B
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Tong
Provenience: China
Guizhou Province
Youngjiang County
Maker: Tongying Wu's Mother
Date Made: c. 1920
Early Date: 1915
Late Date: 1925
Section:Asian
Materials:Cotton
Silk
Feathers
Seeds
Technique:Embroidered
Woven
Iconography:Flowers
Pomegranate
Vine
Butterflies
Snails
Fish
Crab
Credit Line:Purchased from Tongying Wu, 1997

Description

Wedding apron, or skirt, made and worn by mother of Tongying Wu, Miao textile artist. These aprons were worn for weddings and then later for special occasions. Indigo cotton waist panel with ties and 9 hanging panels. At the end of each panel are seed beads and white feathers stitched in place with a small red triangular piece of cloth. Elaborately embroidered panels on silk in the following designs: flowers and pomegranates; vines; butterflies and flowers; snails; flat fish, leaves and central flower; crabs with grass and flower. Native provincial hand woven cotton and silk.


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