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Length of silk

Length of silk

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    1880-1930 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gauze weave self-patterned silk

  • Credit Line:

    Addis Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Bolt of thin red silk patterned in gauze weave with a design of clouds, bats, shou and knots.
Each end of the cloth bears an oval stamp which has the words 'Kuang Yuchang' and 'Made in China' on it. There is also some partly obliterated Chinese characters handwritten straight onto the end of the cloth as well as two stamped ones. The two stamped characters read 'heng shun' (perpetually favourable) and is likely to be the name of the factory. There is a pink cotton handwritten tag sewn to the end of the bolt.

Place of Origin

China (made)


1880-1930 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Gauze weave self-patterned silk

Marks and inscriptions

'Kuang Yuchang'/'Made in China'

'heng shun'
perpetually favourable
Stamped onto cloth. Possibly a factory name.


Width: 70 cm, Length: 356 cm

Object history note

Registered File number 1965/3344.

Descriptive line

Bolt of silk, red gauze weave self-patterned silk, China, 1880-1930

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Wilson, Verity. Chinese Textiles. London: V&A publications, 2005, page 44 plate 45.

Labels and date

This red silk gauze is patterned with an auspicious design of clouds, bats, 'long life' characters (shou) and knots. It could have been used to make women's clothes, possibly a traditional wrap-around skirt. The silk's extreme thinness, allowing it to drape softly, also suggests it could be used as bed curtains while the red colour associates it with weddings. []


Silk (textile)


Gauze weave

Subjects depicted

Clouds; Bats; Knots




East Asia Collection

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