Coat of embroidered staw-colored satin. Design of floral sprays and large canopied lantern with long life character. Double sleeve bands of embroidered yellow and embroidered white satin. Collar band and border on bottom and sides of black satin embroidered with flowers. Colors pink, mauve, blue, green, red and orange. Chiefly satin and outline stitch.Wide sleeves. Lining of yellow satin.

Chinese Woman's Unofficial Informal Robe, 20th century

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Embroidered satinexpand_more

The John R. Van Derlip Fundexpand_more  42.8.123

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The prominent use of lantern motifs on this robe suggests that it was made to be worn during the lantern festival, celebrated during the middle of the first month of the lunar year. Nearly every Chinese family participated in lantern lighting, New Year’s vow taking, and lantern processions. Lanterns used in the decoration of chair covers, altar frontals, and outer coats likewise indicate that objects are to be used during the New Year festivities.

Details
Title
Chinese Woman's Unofficial Informal Robe
Role
Artist
Dimension
L.43-1/4 in.
Accession Number
42.8.123
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Coat of embroidered staw-colored satin. Design of floral sprays and large canopied lantern with long life character. Double sleeve bands of embroidered yellow and embroidered white satin. Collar band and border on bottom and sides of black satin embroidered with flowers. Colors pink, mauve, blue, green, red and orange. Chiefly satin and outline stitch.Wide sleeves. Lining of yellow satin.