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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1950 item #755863 (stock #EMT126)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$350.00
This brightly colored child's hat is Dong ethnic minority. The front is decorated with 9 silver Buddha ornaments and lots of intricate embroidery. Tassels and pompoms decorate the sides and silver bells with fish ornaments across the back protect the child from the approach of evil spirits.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #627886 (stock #TC154)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$125.00
Each band of this pair of very fine silk embroideries have 2 sets mirror images: one set of floral motif and the other set of a couple celebrating. Both sets use satin stitch, french knot (aka forbidden stitch) and couching embroidery techniques. The embroideries are on a background fabric of fine patterned silk which measures 6" by 15". The floral embroidery is 1.5 x 2" and the couple embroidery is 1.5 x 5". Because of the sizes of the fabric and the sizes and arrangement of the embroiderie...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1160767 (stock #EMT156)
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$250.00
This old Chinese Miao ethnic minority child's hat is thickly padded for winter wearing. The red silk fabric with silk thread satin stitch embroidery really stands out. One silver butterfly ornament decorates the back of the hat and provides noise to protect the child from evil spirits. a bit dirty but hat is in very good condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1930 item #538578 (stock #EMT101)
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$375.00
This old panel is thickly Dazi embroidered in a banded pattern to reflect the terraced mountains sides of the Miao homeland. The panel uses lovely soft pinks and grays which are not adequately represented in the pictures. A beautiful piece in beautiful condition. 80 years old from Ge Yi. approx 21" x 23"
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #1407007 (stock #TC580)
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This pair of black silk lotus shoes date to the late Qing Dynasty. Back then, a woman's job was to make shoes for the members of her family. This woman was from a financially comfortable family with servants to do other household chores. Making this pair for herself, she choose a black silk satin fabric for the vamp and made an elegantly sloping sole which would accommodate separate inter changeable heels to be attached. She did very fine needlework on the floral embroidery on each side o...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #869108 (stock #TC257)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$187.00
This small Chinese hand made purse would have been made by a woman for her personal use or possibly as a gift to a female friend. It was made using cotton background fabric and hand embroidered with silk thread on each side. The butterfly and floral motifs were made with silk thread using a combination of satin stitches, chain stitches and couching embroidery techniques.

It is a charming example of a Chinese woman's needlework and is in excellent condition. Each side opens separately and me...

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Textiles : Pre 1940 item #818419 (stock #SEA126)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$295.00
This blouse is from Thailand and made for use by a Karen Hilltribe woman. First the fabric was hand woven from cotton fibers. Next the surface was lower half was elaborately decorated with cotton thread embroidery and tiny sea urchin shells using a geometric pattern. Then it was whip stitched into the form of a blouse using white cotton thread. This garment makes a wonderful display piece and can also be worn for special occassions. 23 inches across and 27 inches long.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1930 item #1311514 (stock #TC553)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$175.00
Charming Chinese small traditional child garment from the 1930's ...Expensive (from a wealthy family) deep blue silk damask fabric, with hand embroidered decorative central medallion on the front. The top is trimmed out with wonderful detailed pink, white, and tan trim, I think this trim was actually manufactured in France and imported to China during the 30's. There are cord Monkey fist and loop closures. Really good condition, 2 very light stains on the trim fabric just under the chin seen ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #837440 (stock #EMT131)
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The Zhuang are one of the larger of the Chinese Ethnic Minority groups. This is a rare old baby carrier from Yunnan Province. Because silk was not readily available in the rural areas, the use of silk as the background fabric indicates that this carrier came from a wealthy family. The central panel uses several colors of fabric appliqued into a large stylized lotus flower. Silk thread is used for the delicate satin stitched embroidery of butterflies and flowers. The upper border uses multip...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #642188 (stock #TC160)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$225.00
This charming old Chinese headband was handmade for a small child sometime in the late Qing dynasty. It is one of the nicest animal headbands that I have seen, and it is in good condition. The cat's face would have been worn at the child's forehead and is 3 dimensional. Made with silk fabric, with silk thread for the elaborately embroidery, the face is complete with ears that flap, and side paws. Opened at the back seam for easy framing, it can easily be re-sewn to fit display stand.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #862827 (stock #TC254)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$147.00
According to the writing on the back, this small embroidered pencil holder in was made in 1897 by a Mrs Lee for M.J. Thomas who was a member of the Chinese Chicago Mission group. The embroidery stitches are tiny and some of the threads are frayed but it is a warm memento of friendship and an artifact from another era in relations between China and the US.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #625825 (stock #TC152)
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Bamboo Vests were used as undershirts under silk garments. They served the duel purpose of allowing some air circulation and protected the silk garments from body oils. These vest were fragile and they have become very rare and hard to find. They were made with small pieces of bamboo which are literally strung together to form a garment. This bamboo vest is a particularly nice one. It was constructed of very small bamboo pieces, the edges of the garment are bound with a thin band of linen fab...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1920 item #1323533 (stock #J211)
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This antique Japanese small drawstring fisherman's bag is woven from hand rolled cording using indigenous natural plant fibers. It would be used for carrying home the catch at the end of day. The bag shows some areas of staining and one small area near the bottom where a few fiber cords have split. these condition areas are to be expected of a folk art item of this age and use. ,,,,,

the bag is roughly 10 x 12 inches and has a generous amount of cording for adjustable straps.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1910 item #1322558 (stock #J210)
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This large antique Japanese would have been used in rural villages by the peasants who would go into the fields and hills to collect various herbs. Hand woven from grape vine bark, the basket has rope handle which also goes through loops at the bottom of the basket to provide added support for the weight.

Really rare ethnographic item in unusually good condition. the basket alone measures roughly 18 inches x 12 inches x 3+ inches...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : American Indian : Handiwork : Pre 1910 item #1426013 (stock #Misc206)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$125.00
very nice old beaded choker/armband in good condition. measures 2.25 x 13.5 inches
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #871813 (stock #TC258)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$240.00
This Chinese lady's purse was made with silk satin fabric and hand embroidered with silk thread using a satin embroidery stitch. The edges are bound with carefully aligned silk threads. Each side opens to a separate storage compartment and there is a third compartment which is accessed from the top of the purse.

Made and used during the late Qing Dynasty, the quality of the materials and workmanship clearly show that this purse was used by a woman of means. Unfortunately, this use has left...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #713527 (stock #TC190)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$145.00
This antique Chinese hand carved wooden bobbin still has a length of home spun thread which winds around the middle. The bobbin shows extensive use, with some areas of paint and finish heavily patinated and other areas just worn away.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #627880 (stock #EMT118)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$575.00
This blanket shaped Miao ethnic minority baby carrier is from Jian He and is a good example of the whorl pattern which was so significant to the Chinese Minority. Made from hand-loomed plant fibers (maybe cotton, maybe bast fibers) the surface is heavily decorated with appliques edged with chain stitching. This carrier is in good condition showing a minimum of wear and dirt and it 80+ years old
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1930 item #1336944 (stock #J214)
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This haori is made with a fabric of lush silk with subtle weave pattern design. In contrast, the silk lining has a bold floral design. This is one garment that can easily be worn with the "correct side" outside or inside out....
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #982456 (stock #TC315)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$475.00
Manchu women never practiced foot-binding. However, during the Qing dynasty, they did wear pedestal aka platform shoes, hoping to give the appearance of smaller feet. These shoes would give the woman a more careful walk which was perceived as dainty and more sensual. In addition, the tips of the shoes would appear to peak out from under the robes, giving the foot more dainty appearance. These shoes are embroidered on both sides with a floral motif. They are in good condition, showing minimal ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #941027 (stock #Misc144)
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This Korean antique is a hand carved woodblock which would have been used to print a repeating decorative design pattern onto a textile. It is very old, and well worn with great patina.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1218241 (stock #TC509)
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This antique Chinese civil rank badge has the golden goose representing 4th rank. Embroidered using brick stitch this badge is has a fret background,key border and is decorated with bats, turtles and flowers. Curiously the sun is missing but the badge is old and still has the remnants of a few threads which were used to sew it to the front of the robe. The badge has traditional blue silk lining and is in excellent condition. This badge was brought back from China by Rebecca Cloud-Stewart Mi...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1215752 (stock #EMT163)
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This apron is from the Huan Xi area and was part of the traditional Miao ethnic minority woman's festival costume. Made from home spun fibers,indigo dyed yarn, it is embroidered with tiny intricate cross stitch geometric design...the ties are also hand woven. The apron measures approx 17 x 17 inches and is in good condition...with a few very light stains which do not show on photo with enhancing...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #554092 (stock #TC120)
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Only a wealthy Chinese woman would have been able to own this rare antique silk headband. Decorating each side of the headband are mirror images of an ornament depicting a bird and using the prized Kingfisher bird feathers. Intergrated with each kingfisher bird ornament is a finely embroidered bird on a branch.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #715001 (stock #TC192)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$275.00
This lovely small woman's purse was made from silk satin fabric and embroidered with silk thread useing the satin stitch. The purse still has the original silk ribbon attached to the bottom, and belt loop attached at the top.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #1148464 (stock #TC394)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$250.00
This antique beaded headband is from Guang Dong province in China, and is typical of headgear worn by Chinese woman around the turn of the 19th-20th century. It would have been worn the narrow portion across the forehead, with the rounded flap portions covering the ears and fastened in the back of the head.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1347361 (stock #TC558)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$575.00
This soft pale pink colored antique Chinese silk skirt is from the late 1800's. The traditional floral embroidery is mainly uses satin stitch technique with the large flower in the center of the front and rear panels use Peking knots. In over all excellent condition but the two panel have been stitched together and the waist band has been shortened to accommodate the adjustment. Also the lining has been removed... I will be traveling with very limited internet access from Dec 11 to De...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1950 item #1154468 (stock #EMT152)
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
$115.00
This tradition style childs collar of the Dong minority was handmade by the mother or grandmother. The fabric was cut from fragments of handwoven cloth stitched together. The embroidery is an intricate cross stitch pattern...It was used (probably for several generals of children) and is a bit dirty...no rips no tears.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1183691 (stock #TC399)
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This traditional Chinese woman's headband was made and worn during the Qing Dynasty toward the end of the 19th century. It has an applique embroidered butterfly on each end and a large full kingfisher feathered medallion in the center. The lotus shaped kingfisher is 4 inches x 2 inches. The entire headband in 16 inches in length.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1406364 (stock #TC578)
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Traditional Manchu style Qing Dynasty embroidered silk vest..Original drop buttons and loop closures... stunning ...fits small woman...a few hard to find light stains.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1214444 (stock #EMT162)
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This is an old traditional style top shirt which would have been worn by a young girl of the Yi Chinese ethnic minority from Yunnan Province. the fabric is made from home grown cotton, hand spun, and hand woven. The collar surround and cuffs are trimmed with an intricate batik pattern and the tiniest embroidery stitched I have ever seen. The shirt has its original buttons. Good size for framing 14 inches across the chest.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1304899 (stock #TC550)
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Very old and very fine embroidered sleeve panels..satin and "forbidden stitch" (Peking knots) with antique trim border...some discoloration due to age... measures 11 x 22.5 inches
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1390067 (stock #ZTC571)
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SOLD
This is a traditional Qing Dynasty woman's skirt. Chines skirts during this time period were made in 2 sections which were "buttoned" together with "frogs" The skirt was then wrapped around the hips so that the flat sections were displayed at at the front and back....the pleated sections were at draped the sides... The background fabric of this skirt is an unusually fine jacquard silk but the pattern of the jacquard does not show in the pics....the pleated sections of the skirt and also meti...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1430287 (stock #EMT172)
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sold
This rare antique Chinese Child's hat has it all From the Yi Chinese Ethnic Minority... Each surface is decorated with intricate hand embroidery and several silver ornaments
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #860325 (stock #ZTC252)
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This well worn pair of Woman's Lotus shoes for bound feet are from the later part of the Qing Dynasty about 1870-1880. The vamp fabric is red cotton with a matching floral embroidery pattern on each side. The delicate hand stitching detail clearly shows the pride taken by the owner/maker. The soles are short of the toe vamp which was done to give the wearer a more floating and sensual appearance when walking.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #696769 (stock #ZTC183)
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This pair of Chinese lotus shoes, aka bound feet shoes, have a soft golden color silk vamp. Each side of the shoes is embroidered with the same pattern, and uses satin stitch silk thread.

The embroidery pattern on these lotus shoes has always mystified me. There is a woman and an animal that is possibly intended to be a giraffe. I vaguely remember some bits of information. The Chinese first heard about the African giraffes from verbal and written descriptions. They were fascinated wit...