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festival-costume / jacket / coat

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  • Description

    Jacket; for festival, to be worn by man or woman. Base cloth of unbleached, undyed cotton in diamond twill weave. Decorated with thin sheets of applied light green silk felt, with satin stitch motifs of mainly birds, in soft maroons, blues, greens, silks, probably stitched over paper cuts. Also applied narrow strips of shiny dark indigo cloth have had diamonds cut out, and are glued on then stitched over with silk. Front squares have a bird with a spiralling body and no wings. Twelve free-hanging panels at bottom, with white chicken feathers set into a folded-over square of hemp, attached with Job's Tears.


  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 20thC
  • Production place

    • Made in: Yahui term details
    • (Asia,China,Guizhou (province),Qiandongnan Miaozu Dongzu (prefecture),Yahui)
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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 135 centimetres (including feathers)
    • Width: 160 centimetres (across arms)
  • Curator's comments

    Known as a 'Hundred Bird' coat.

    Text from Corrigan 2001: 46: danzhai county, qiandongnan prefecture. Festival Jacket. Collarless sleeved jacket with attached ‘skirt' of twelve hanging panels, worn over a complete costume at festivals, probably by men and women alike. The base cloth is undyed hand-woven cotton in diamond twill weave. On the decorated areas are thin sheets of applied light green ‘silk felt' embroidered with satin-stitch motifs.


  • Bibliography

    • Corrigan 2001 pp.46-47 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history


    Selected items from Miao textiles were on display in exhibition 'Miao Costumes from South West China' as part of the BP Exhibition Showcase, which closed 11 Oct 1998.

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  • Acquisition notes

    Purchased by Corrigan in October 1997.

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