Sleevebands: Neglected Element in Chinese Adornment
|Keywords||adornment, dress, embroidery, Qing dynasty, China|
|Type of Article||Materialia|
Embroidered bands on the edges of the sleeves of women’s garments were fashionable in China during the late 19th century. They adorned Manchu and Han ladies’ garments with colourful landscapes, flowers and birds, figural scenes and auspicious symbols that expressed wishes for long life, many male offspring, and an advance in social position.