Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of skirt panels
  • unknown maker from China
  • pair of skirt panels, late 1800s–1929
  • Where object was made: China
  • cotton, silk, metal thread, embroidering
  • Object Height/Width: a) 100 x 108 cm width while pleated
    Object Height/Width: a) 39 3/8 x 42 1/2 in width while pleated
    Object Height/Width: b) 98 x 101.5 cm width while pleated
    Object Height/Width: b) 38 9/16 x 39 15/16 in width while pleated
  • Gift of David W. Holroyd
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6657.a,b

The set of two skirt panels were intended to be worn together. Each panel is the same:

It has a wide unbleached cotton waistband with three knots at the end to fasten it to the other skirt panel. There are three loop holes near the center, in a vertical row and one loop hole at the center end.

There is a red-orange silk panel with red-orange designs woven in. One side of the skirt panel has a red-orange rectangle, mostly edged in blue embroidered flowers with black edging. The lower portion of the red-orange is heavily embroidered with gold metallic thread with pink and blue detail, depicting two birds with flamboyant tail feathers. Most of the rest of the silk panel is closely pleated. It is edged with blue embroidered flowers and black ribbon. There is less dense metallic embroidery above the edging, about halfway up the silk panel. The unpleated portion at the side probably overlapped with the other panel of the skirt.

The blue embrodered flowers and the decorative panel are backed with light blue-green silk.