School of Design

ULITA - an Archive of International Textiles

apron panel
Date: late 19th century
Dimensions: 64 x 49 cm (25 3/16 x 19 5/16 in.)
Medium: silk, cotton, metallic yarns
Made in: China
Description: The patterning of this panel is similar to that of the previous item. (No.38) The central motif is the qilin carrying a boy, who is holding a twig of osmanthus flowers. There are two other boys. One is waving a flag in front and the other is holding a fan behind the qilin. The surrounding motifs are bats and various auspicious plants. Satin, seed, stem and couching stitches are used in the embroidery on the red silk satin ground. The inner border is made of ribbons woven with small geometric and floral patterns. The outer border is made of black silk satin embroidered with butterflies and flowers.
Inv. No.: 39
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