Embroidered weaver's sample, Miao, China

Cotton and silk sample for teaching a weaver, Miao, China. Cotton and silk sample for teaching a weaver, Miao, China. Courtesy Textile Research Centre, Leiden, acc. no. TRC 2018.2084.

This item is housed at the Textile Research Centre in Leiden, the Netherlands. It is an embroidered sample, measuring 38 x 24 cm, from among the Miao ethnic minority in southern China. The motifs are hand embroidered with darning stitch and satin stitch. The sample dates to the late twentieth century.

This type of cloth was worked by Miao girls who were being trained to weave patterned weft designs (supplementary weft compound tabby motifs), to learn the nature of the woven motifs. These patterns could also be used for embroidery if necessary, but this is not their primary function. The ground material is cotton, and the stitching is worked in silk.

TRC online catalogue (retrieved 26th August 2018).

WV, 26th August 2018.

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