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Type: Clothing - Garment
Object Name: Robe
Local Name: jifu
Place Made: Asia: East Asia, China
Period: 19th century
Date: 1800 - 1900
Dimensions: L 138 cm x L 210 cm
Materials: Silk; metal thread; skin; hair; metal
Techniques: Tapestry woven; slit tapestry woven; hand-sewn
ID Number: T89.0303
Credit: Gift of Fred Braida

This semi-formal man’s court robe is finely woven using the “slit tapestry” technique, or kesi in Chinese. The technique originated with wool tapestry in the Middle East and became more advanced and time-consuming as it was adapted for Chinese court robes.

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