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Women’s Dudou (Halter top)

Dudou (Halter tops) were an undergarment commonly worn by Taiwanese women of Fujianese descent. This top dates to sometime during the late Qing dynasty or early years of the ROC and is valuable to preserve for research into contemporary  folk culture. The top consists mainly of a black base cloth and gold threads which combine together ten pieces of individually embroidered cloth. The outer edges are embroidered with an auspicious cloud design while the face of the central pocket depicts a bat, a character representing longevity (壽) and other lucky symbols. It is a rare and finely crafted example of traditional women’s clothing.

Digital archive of Traditional Taiwanese  everyday items and customs
Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology: Department of Management information resources