Apron, 1940-1950

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Cotton, silk, metalexpand_more

Gift of Patricia Brett Erensexpand_more  2014.58.2

The Miao are one of China’s largest ethnic minority groups, scattered among several provinces, but mostly living in Guizhou/Yunnan plateau. They are famous for their embroidery skills and indigo dyeing techniques. Styles of Miao costume are diverse among the culture’s various sub-groups. A popular saying states “If you meet one hundred Miaos, you will see one hundred costumes.”

Aprons of this type make use of a kind of “silkworm paper” made by allowing silkworms to accumulate their output of threads on a flat surface, rather than winding it in the form of a cocoon. The resulting silk threads are used for the multi-colored fringe.

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Apron
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Artist
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2014.58.2
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