Mandarin Square

Technique

Brick stitches (a nasha technique) are used throughout on the gauze ground which is woven with thick black silk warps and very thin metallic wefts. Couched metallic threads are also used for the embroidery of the background patterns. The embroidered gauze is lined with a piece of blue plain woven silk, and double lined with plain woven black silk. The border on this square is embroidered with couched metallic threads on the same piece of gauze ground as the central patterns.

Find out about other techniques in the 'Embroider the World' resource on My Learning.

Qing Dynasty robes were made according to the imperial clothing regulations, where civilian and military officials were required to wear cloth rank squares to denote their social class.

The dragon (or lung) is China’s oldest mythological creature, deemed to be charged with yang, the positive principle of the cosmos, and was selected as a symbol of the emperor. Other common mythological animal motifs used on costume were the unicorn, the phoenix (the symbol for the empress), the crane and the lion.



 
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