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 Post subject: ?Huaxi? Child's tunic
PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 12:20 pm 

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I post here a few images of a child's tunic - details of which are a little sketchy. The tunic is constructed very loosely as seen in the images. The outer ground material is handwoven, heavily indigo-dyed hemp/raimie with a dark blue, indigo-dyed, handwoven lining. There are both front and back pockets formed by an additional layer of ground material held in place with ribbon banding. The borders of the jacket and the pocket are edged in what appears to be a very worn deep purple velvet/cotton. The details on this piece (for example on the button holds) are quite wonderful. The embroidery is predominantly cross stitch with the border embroidery of each section done in running stitch. This tunic was purchased with a number of other pieces originating in Huaxi and, although there are similarities, am looking at other possibilities. Any ideas/feedback is most welcome.

File comment: Tunic front.
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File comment: Tunic back.
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File comment: Tunic construction. The tunic is held together ribbon banding similar to that used to hold the pockets in place. These bands are located at the top and bottom of the armhole and at the edge of the neck opening.
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File comment: Front upper panel. Note the upper embroidered abstract design (butterfly?bat?pomergrante?flower?) is done by couching two thread strands.
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File comment: Front pocket detail showing bell button; velvet edging; ribbon banding to hold pocket in place and both cross and running stitch embroidery.
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 Post subject: tunic
PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2007 7:54 pm 

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Location: Netherlands
Hi Iain,

This tunic looks realy beautiful! Wauw!
I have a tunic that looks a little similar as yours. A friend of mine who visited China, send somebody to Langdong, a small village in the mountains south of Guizhou. Here he bought a tunic from the Miao. Mine also has got beautiful embroidery and is worked out very fine. Perhaps this info helps you tracking down the origin of your tunic.

File comment: tunic from Miao in Langdong
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