ANNE WANNER'S Textiles in History   /  exhibitions

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lighter than air
gauze robes from china
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17 May - 30 November 2003

  While the Manchu rulers of Qing dynasty (1644-1911) China loved beautiful things, they weren't blind to practicality. In summer, they traded their heavy satin robes for lighter garments made of semisheer silk gauze. The open weave of these robes was an effective - yet stunning and dramatic - way to combat the heat. Gauze provided not only ventilation but also the perfect foundation for embroidery carried out in colorful silk as well as gold and silver threads.



Robe, China late 1800s
Neusteter Textile Collection: gift of
James P. Grant and Betty Grant Austin, Inv. 1977.214


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