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Antique Chinese Cream Colored Silk Womanâs Robe Late Qing

Antique Chinese Cream Colored Silk Woman’s Robe Late Qing

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Textiles: Pre 1900: Item # 1400386

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A stunning, bright and colorful long silk handmade robe with hand embroidery from the late Qing dynasty. The robe is all hand embroidered with designs of flowers, butterflies, and women in pavilions, using multi-color and gold couched threads,embroidered using a satin stitch. The cuffs are especially tightly embroidered with intricate designs of birds, narcissus, ruyi, spotted cats, peonies and magnolias on a turquoise silk ground. The cuffs and collar are bordered by bands of black silk. Black piping is used along the front seam, as well as to create buttons and hooks to secure the robe. The lower edge has a formal Qing rainbow wave border. The robe is lined with a cream colored woven silk with a diamond pattern.

42” (106.7 cm) long from neck to hem
42” (106.7 cm) chest
44” (112.8 cm) waist
19” (48.3 cm) across at shoulder
Sleeves 13” (33 cm) long (from under arm to tip of sleeves)
Weighs 1 lb 2 oz (500 g)

There are some embroidery thread losses, including unraveling of gold couched threads along the collar and the slits and front opening. A few pieces of colored embroidery is pulled too. (Please be sure to look closely at the photos). There is a small hole on the front body near the waist and another by the left cuff in the front. There are spots of soiling throughout. They are small and almost blend in because of the brownish color, and can probably removed by dry-cleaning. There is unraveling of the outer silk on the back left shoulder near the neck. You don’t notice it as much because the inner liner is the same color. The lining is in very good condition.

A handmade robe from the late Qing dynasty that has survived to today. So much hand work went into its making. I just love the rainbow embroidery at the base of the robe.