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Velvet Fabric for a Woman's Ao or Magua (Short Coat), Shoes, and Accessories

A work made of silk, warp-float faced 3:1 'z' twill weave with supplementary pile warps forming cut and uncut solid velvet.
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  • A work made of silk, warp-float faced 3:1 'z' twill weave with supplementary pile warps forming cut and uncut solid velvet.

Date:

Qing dynasty (1644–1911), about 1890

Artist:

Manchu, China

About this artwork

Woven Chinese silk has been coveted globally for thousands of years, ever since its development by the Yangshao culture of China (about 5000 to 3000 BCE). This silk velvet yardage is woven to shape, creating pattern pieces for a full-sleeved, short jacket that overlaps in front and would have been worn in informal domestic settings. To avoid wasting the expensive fabric, covers for matching shoes and other accessories were incorporated into the pattern in between the larger pieces.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Culture

Manchu

Title

Velvet Fabric for a Woman's Ao or Magua (Short Coat), Shoes, and Accessories

Place

China (Object made in)

Date

Made 1880–1900

Medium

Silk, warp-float faced 3:1 'Z' twill weave with supplementary pile warps forming cut and uncut solid velvet

Dimensions

448.9 × 67.2 cm (176 3/4 × 26 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Louise Lutz Endowment

Reference Number

1998.334

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