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  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    late 19th century-early 20th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroidered silk satin with linen and damask lining

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs E M Osborn

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This type of skirt was worn by a Chinese woman in the late 19th century or early 20th. A three-quarter-length gown went over the top. It is a wraparound style, with the flat panels falling to the front and back and the pleats flaring out to the side.

Physical description

The skirt is made of two straight and two flaring panels of mid-green satin attached to a wide red linen band having a loop at each end for attachment. It is lined with soft pink damask. The seams, hem, and borders are trimmed with narrow cross-ways black satin bands, wider borders of coloured embroidery with a design of bats and fruits, and a thin ribbon braid. The two main panels with the design known as the Hundred Antiques are embroidered in coloured floss silk in satin stitch, seed stitch, and a couched, twisted cording for outlines.
Elsewhere the skirt is embroidered less densely with similar motifs. Only the lower section is embroidered as this is the only part which would show beneath a robe.

Place of Origin

China (made)


late 19th century-early 20th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Embroidered silk satin with linen and damask lining


Length: 101 cm

Object history note

Registered File number 1980/636.

Descriptive line

Skirt, green silk satin with coloured embroidery, China, Qing dynasty, late 19th century-early 20th century

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

Wilson, Verity. Chinese Dress, London: V&A Publications, 1986, page 52, photograph page 55


Silk (textile); Silk thread; Linen (material)


Satin weave; Damask weave; Embroidering

Subjects depicted

Antique vessels; Fruit; Flowers


Women's clothes; Textiles; Embroidery


East Asia Collection

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