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Chinese Qing Silk Embroidered Padded Winter Skirt Forbidden Stitch

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Directory: Hidden: Pre 1900: Item # 1036874
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Chinese silk embroidered padded winter skirt composed of two overlapping panels. An antique vessel surrounded by a collage of auspicious symbols is finely executed in the "forbidden stitch" (known as "da zi," or seed stitch, in Chinese) on the front and back panels. A black border densely embroidered in polychrome silk flowers and scrolling foliage with gold-couched thread highlights accents the skirt bottom and panels. Applied black and embroidered ribbons define the pleats and set off the embroidery. The celery green silk lining is patterned with an abstract woven design of scrolling foliage and clouds. There are a few spots on the peach ground and two spots on the center of the waistband. There are a few separations at the seams. The skirt and lining are otherwise in very good overall condition with a few areas of slight fading evident and minor soiling consistent with its age and use. Late Qing Dynasty (1880 - 1911). The waist band measures about 46." The skirt length is 38" including the waist band.