Worn by the Han women in China for formal or official occasions, including weddings, this detachable collar would have been attached to a jacket. When worn, the four points of the collar face the chest, back and shoulders with the head at the center. This type of collar is referred to as a cloud collar because of the exterior shape of the piece.
The collar is made from three different layers that create a step effect. The top layer is comprised of a green ground cloth with lilies and other flowers embroidered on it. The next layer has a yellow background trimmed with black and green fabric with embroidered flowers and vases, while the third layer has a red ground with flowers, a deer, dragons, and vases embroidered on it. The embroidery on the piece includes a knot stitch often referred to as a Peking knot. This stitch used to embroider the lilies on the center panel and the dragons on the bottom corner of the outer piece is a non-functional stitch that presents a visual texture on the piece.
silk and metallic-wrapped
thread; satin weave, embroidery-satin stitch, knotted buttonhole loop,
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