Embroidered or woven chair covers, such as the present example, would have been draped over chairs to protect them while not in use. Compare the style of weaving to a kesi chair cover dated to the late 17th century from the William E. Colby Collection, now in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, illustrated by R.D. Jacobson in Imperial Silks: Ch'ing Dynasty Textiles in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, vol. II, Minneapolis, 2000, p. 891, no. 438.