The design is quite extraordinary and exceptional. A very fine quality piece.
The two-tone colour is in fact dyed with an indigenous yam from Guangdong province in Southern China. For the terracotta colour on the back of the fabric, a layer of river mud (which acts as a mordant) was then applied on the front side of the fabric which turn black after oxidation.
To see how dyers in Shun De work today there is a video
Xiangyunsha made of gauze weave silk are prized much higher than the other fabrics.
The black jacket of highly glazed silk gauze with a pattern of diagonal rectangles, turned down collar, front opening with seven loop and toggle closures, two patch pockets to the upper body and two to the lower, the wide sleeves with a join.
38 in; 1 m under arm. 25 in 64 cm shoulder to hem
The black trousers of similar fabric with natural cotton top, gathered.
39 in; 1 m length 30in; 75 cm waist
Excellent condition. The jacket has a very small brown mark to the lower left hand patch pocket. The right hand one has a small slit 7 mm whose edges show the brown backing colour.
Price: on request
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