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Object #1998-83/131
Object nameSkirt, Woman's
Culture of OriginJiqu clan, Yynuo, Nuosu, Yi
Maker or ArtistJiqu Jihlo
MaterialsCotton, Natural, Blue, Red, Orange, Black
TechniquesPleated
DimensionsL: 119.0 cm, W: 96.0 cm
Exhibit LabelWith the help of family members, a young woman makes much of her bridal outfit herself. She sews all the pieces together on the morning of the wedding. The quality of the work displays her skill.

This bride looks both wealthy and beautiful, with a lavish silver necklace, a silver-studded veil, and a new cape. Judging by her style of dress, she belongs to the aristocratic nuo caste.
But she is also garbed in conformity with the rules of wedding ritual. No part of her except her hands can be exposed to the sun. Her feet cannot touch the ground. She cannot eat or drink anything from the time she leaves her parents' house until the time she is carried into her new husband's house. However, she can see through the thin cloth of her veil and, if the journey is long, her companions might feed her something on the sly.

Why is there no groom in this case? Because the groom takes no part in his own wedding, other than making sure the guests are well-entertained. The bride will spend one (or three) nights in his house, then return to her parents, visiting her husband occasionally until she finally moves in a few years later.
SourceMuseum Expedition - Anthropology Division
CreditGift of the Blakemore Foundation


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