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  • Place of origin:

    Yunnan (made)

  • Date:

    1880-1920 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woven cotton, embroidered with cotton thread in cross-stitch

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Mary Lumsden

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Chinese cross-stitch embroideries were made by women at home in preparation for weddings. The patterns that appear on this textile are not often featured on other kinds of textiles. It is also unusual that cotton is used in place of the more commonly used material, silk. This cotton embroidery may provide some evidence of a folk design that had currency before imperial and aristocratic tastes overtook the visual culture of China.

This cross-stitch cotton was made as a bed valance. It might have hung along one side of the bed, reaching to the floor, or might have been attached around the top.

Physical description

Valance of white cotton, embroidered with blue cotton thread in cross-stitch. The pattern consists of five floral roundels, and a double border of floral pattern on three sides.

Place of Origin

Yunnan (made)


1880-1920 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Woven cotton, embroidered with cotton thread in cross-stitch


Height: 182.9 cm, Width: 45.7 cm

Object history note

Registered File number 1927/4170.

Descriptive line

Valance, white cotton with embroidery in blue cotton thread, Yunnan province, China, 1880-1920

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

Wilson, Verity. Chinese Textiles, 2nd edition, London: V&A Publications, 2005, plate 74, p. 67.


Cotton (textile); Cotton thread


Weaving; Embroidering

Subjects depicted

Floral patterns


Textiles; Embroidery


East Asia Collection

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