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Title

Baby carrier embroidered with orange butterfly design

20th century


Artist

Miao people

China


About

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


Details


Place where the work was made

Dali Yunnan Province China


Date

20th century


Media category

Textile


Materials used

cotton, appliqué and silk embroidery


Dimensions

107.0 x 174.0 cm


Credit

Roger Pietri Fund 2008


Location

Not on display


Accession number

31.2008


Artist information

Miao people

Works in the collection

9


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history