London, South Kensington
15 May 2009
A BLACK SILK CHAO FU SKIRT AND A RED WEDDING SKIRT
CHINA, 19TH CENTURY
the first embroidered in gilt thread and silks with a band of roundels of dragons chasing flaming pearls; the second of red silk (2)
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The chaofu robe of state was part of the most formal style of Qing court costume. As the cost of providing court dress was high, mandarins concealed the fact that they were onlly wearing the skirt section of the chaofu by wearing a surcoat over it.
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