Year: 20th Century
Collection: Queens College Costume Collection
Identification number: 202.87.3
Materials: Black silk with hand embroidery
This woman’s robe shows the Chinese adaptation of the T-shape. Its beautiful hand embroidery shows satin-stitched birds, butterflies, fish, flowers and insects encircling the figures of a woman and child. These images illustrate the veneration of nature, and human harmony with nature, central to Chinese ethos. Worn by an older woman, it signifies the Confucian precepts of family harmony and reverence for elders.