Rare Chinese Export Skirt
Rare Chinese Export Skirt
Rare Chinese Export Skirt
Rare Chinese Export Skirt
Rare Chinese Export Skirt
Rare Chinese Export Skirt

Rare Chinese Export Skirt
1730-40s

The design of the silk with its enormous repeat is glorious. The silk, which was designed for the Western market,  would have been exported to the The Netherlands by the Dutch East India Company, where it was made into this skirt.

Description

The design with enormous exotic seed pods hanging from branches of foliage with flowers, the background of pale blue satin, with foliage in a mat weave with minute knots.

The pale blue silk damask skirt with a wide flat pleat to the front 6 in; 16 cm wide, flanked by fine pleating 1 cm wide attached to a narrow pale blue woven linen? waistband, the right hand side with a large brass hook and eye above a open side 12 in; 30 cm, edged in finest pale blue cord flanking a wider tape 1 1/4 in; 3 cm  the hem with similar narrow cording. 

The Chinese silk measures selvedge to selvedge 29 in; 74 cm.  The selvedges are red and yellow twill weave. Every 5 1/ 2 in;14 cm the selvedge has a small French type knot in blue  silk thead. I have not seen these before on selvedges.

There is no pattern repeat.The design is large and is the full length of the skirt 39 in; 1 m.

Length 39 in; 1 m

Waist 26 1/2 in; 67 cm

There are two long linen tapes to the waistband. This would have been for hanging up the skirt on hooks at night.

Condition

Excellent. At some stage the waistband has been taken off and there are small needle holes just below it.  My guess is it was altered for another wearer who was a little taller. One of the front pleat does not lie quite flat. I would imagine a conservator could deal with this. I had another skirt some years ago and the pleat construction was exactly the same.

Comments

For similar silk: What Clothes Reveal by Linda Baumgarten p  50 fig 80 - dress

Fashion, Kyoto Costume Insitute p 99 - man's banyan

http://www.fashioningtheearlymodern.ac.uk/object-in-focus/mans-banyan/

http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O356128/gown-unknown/ - banyan

http://collections.lacma.org/node/214490 - banyan

http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/textiles-costume/a-court-mantua-of-chinese-imperial-yellow-5018370-details.aspx?from=salesummary&intObjectID=5018370&sid=6c0df234-920d-44ff-9d23-ddb9288ab8df - dress

Clothing & Fashion. American Fashion from Head to Toe.  General Editor Jose Blanco F,

Price: on request

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