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An image of Baby carrier embroidered with orange butterfly design by Miao people
Alternate image of Baby carrier embroidered with orange butterfly design by Miao people Alternate image of Baby carrier embroidered with orange butterfly design by Miao people

Miao people

(China  – )

Title
Baby carrier embroidered with orange butterfly design
Place of origin
DaliYunnan ProvinceChina
Year
20th century
Media category
Textile
Materials used
cotton, appliqué and silk embroidery
Dimensions

107.0 x 174.0 cm

Credit
Roger Pietri Fund 2008
Accession number
31.2008
Location
Not on display
Further information

Baby carriers are an important part of a woman's dowry. They are also a prestigious addition to the elaborate clothing worn by Miao people. Miao women are judged by their ability to make intricate textiles and form an elaborate outfit. The quality and sumptuousness of the textiles indicate the degree of skill a woman possesses and the wealth of her family. This piece is heavily decorated with embroidered patterns, which may symbolise Miao history and mythology. Humans, animals and plants, in addition to geometric designs, are all common design elements on Miao textiles.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 2011

Exhibition history (1)

One hundred flowers (2011), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Sep 2011–15 Jan 2012