Skirt of light blue figured silk lined with red; white cotton waistband. One elaborately embroidered panel with tiny seed stitching in the butterfly motifs; also gold couchwork. Satin stitch in graduated tones is used for the floral elements. The rest of the skirt is divided by vertical black bands and has columns of motifs in the lower part of each panel thus produced. Lower hem and border of main panel have strips of white silk embroidered in shades of blue and with gold thread cartouches and swastikas. Length: 990mm Width: 140" (around hem).
This skirt and its matching jacket originally belonged to the donor’s uncle who was in business in Shanghai during the early part of the 20th century.