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Richly-colored satin with embroidered flower and butterfly motifs
Late Qing Dynasty (1860~1890’s)
Skirt Length: 85 cm
Skirt Width: 59 cm
The streamers of polychrome satin fabric that hang from the skirt's white cotton waistband are decorated with floral and butterfly patterns. Adorned with small bells, the streamers bear the same patterns on the two sides. Two broader streamers made of plain red satin with linings of blue jacquard fabric are called “skirt door” (the flat and non-pleated panel of a skirt). Embroidered with butterfly, floral, and sea wave patterns, the “skirt door” of this piece are trimmed with weaved tassels and bordered with black satin bearing bat and floral motifs, which symbolize prosperity and good fortune. 
This colorful strip skirt has been fashioned in the typical “Min style,” which derived from Fujian areas in southern China. It was a popular dressing style at the time of its creation, usually worn over Mamien (horse-face) skirts, a type of skirt consisting of several wide pleats, specifically designed with broad and rectangular polychrome woven strips at the front and the back, as decoration during wedding ceremonies.