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Manufacturer: CHINA
THIS ELABORATELY EMBROIDERED ANTIQUE CHINESE PAIRED APRON WEDDING SKIRT IS NOTHING SHORT OF A WORK OF ART. I KNOW THAT PHRASE IS USED A LOT, BUT IN THIS CASE IT IS WELL DESERVED. THIS PIECE OF CIRCA 1900 - 1910'S HANDMADE NEEDLEWORK IS OVERWHELMING IN ITS COMPLEXITY AND BEAUTY.

I BOUGHT THIS SKIRT AT A MAJOR AUCTION HOUSE IN NEW YORK CITY THIRTY YEARS AGO AND HAVE KEPT IT CAREFULLY STORED IN MY PRIVATE COLLECTION. I HAVE SEEN SEVERAL OF THESE KINDS OF SKIRTS, BUT I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING QUITE LIKE ITS COLOR SCHEME, A RAINBOW OF PASTEL PLEATS RANGING FROM CREAMY IVORY TO AQUA TO PINK TO SKY BLUE. NOT ONLY HAS THE FABRIC BEEN PRECISELY PLEATED BUT THEN IT HAS BEEN DELICATELY STITCHED INTO PLACE FORMING A BEAUTIFUL EFFECT SHOWN IN ONE OF THE CLOSE-UP PHOTOS. ADDITIONAL EMBROIDERED NEEDLEWORK HAS BEEN DONE ON TOP OF THE STITCHED PLEATS IN COLORFUL SILK THREADS TO COMPLEMENT THE FABRIC. IT POSITIVELY SHIMMERS!

THE TWO MAIN PANELS, WHICH WOULD FALL IN FRONT AND BACK IF WORN, ARE OF SOFT TOMATO RED. THEY HAVE BEEN OVERLAID WITH METALLIC GOLD THREADS AND FEATURE A GROUPING OF MAGNIFICENT PHOENIX AND OTHER BIRDS.

THIS ELEGANT GARMENT WAS MADE IN TWO SEPARATE PARTS WHICH FASTEN TOGETHER UNDER THE CENTER PANEL. THE OVERLAPPING STYLE ALLOWS FOR EASY ADJUSTMENT TO THE WEARER'S WAIST SIZE. IT IS NOT LINED.

THIS EXTRAVAGANTLY ORNATE SKIRT IS IN AMAZING AND EXCELLENT CONDITION. IT HAS BEEN CAREFULLY STORED AND SHOWS ONLY A COUPLE OF VERY SMALL DARK SPOTS, BARELY NOTICEABLE. IN FACT I HAD NEVER NOTICED THEM UNTIL I MADE A VERY DETAILED INSPECTION FOR THIS DESCRIPTION.

YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED WITH THIS RARE PIECE OF ASIAN ART. IT IS A TEXTILE MASTERPIECE WHICH COULD BE WORN FOR THE MOST SPECIAL OCCASION OR DISPLAYED WITH PRIDE IN THE FINEST HOME OR MUSEUM.

Rare Antique Chinese Embroidered Silk Wedding Apron Skirt

  • Your price: $1199.00
  • Item Number: 2088
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