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Culture:Chinese, Q'ing Dynasty
Title:Embroidered sleeve bands from a robe
Date Made:19th century (late)
Materials:silk ground, twistless silk embroidery, silk cord
Measurements:mount: 21 1/8 in x 29 1/2 in; 53.7 cm x 74.9 cm; sheet (top): 7 1/8 in x 20 7/16 in; 18.1 cm x 51.9 cm; sheet (bottom): 6 13/16 in x 20 3/8 in; 17.3 cm x 51.8 cm
Accession Number:  AC T.1936.4
Credit Line:Bequest of William Rutherford Mead (Class of 1867)
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
The earliest evidence of weaving in China has been dated archeologically to the late 5th millennium B.C.E. Sericulture, the cultivation of the "bombyx mori" moth began 1000 years later. Embroidery also has a long history in China with embroideries surviving from the 1st millennium B.C.E. From the Song to the Ch'ing periods (1644-1911) embroidery followed developments in painting, raising needlework to the level of art, and the taste for decorative embroidery flourished at this time.

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