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Object #1998-83/212
Object nameSleeve, Cuff, Woman's
Culture of OriginAnji clan, Suondi, Nuosu, Yi
Maker or ArtistAnjimo Cievie
MaterialsWool, Blue, Cloth, Yellow, Burgundy
DimensionsL: 17.7 x 15.5 in, W: 7 in
Exhibit LabelNuosu girls learn from childhood the arts of weaving, sewing, and needlework. Well-designed outfits and beautiful embroidery earn praise.
Images of the natural world - sun and waves, beasts and butterflies, fern and flowers in mountain meadows - appear in Nuosu needlework.

Braided thread or extremely narrowly cut fabric is sewn onto the garment, forming intricate patterns. The handwork is so fine, it looks machine-produced. Patterns include windows, stairways, chains, waves, and pumpkins.

Lightweight cloth is hand cut in repeating patterns and applied to the garment. The edges of the appliqued pattern may be outlines in contrasting thread or narrow cloth strips. Patterns include sheephorn, firelighter, and waves.

Strips or points of colored cloth are inset into a border, or onto the front panel of a jacket. The usual pattern is the cockscomb (Look at the jacket on the little girl with the silver headband.)

Colored cloth is used to edge the borders of garments, to bring out the colors more vividly by means of this break in the surface.

Embroidery: Embroidery is done in colored silk thread, mostly in patterns of flowers, grasses and leaves. This is very fine work, used most commonly on headcloths, sleeves and collars.

Many neat and intricate patterns are cross-stitched in colored silk thread on collars and headcloths.
SourceMuseum Expedition - Anthropology Division
CreditGift of the Blakemore Foundation

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