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
cotton, appliqué and silk embroidery
107.0 x 174.0 cm
Roger Pietri Fund 2008
Not on display
Shown in 1 exhibition
One hundred flowers (2011), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Sep 2011–15 Jan 2012