About this object

History of use

Blue and white embroideries are part of an ancient domestic tradition. Designs vary geographically but are constant within generations of families except for minor individual variations. Often used to decorate the bed which traditionally played a focal part in household ritual particularly at the new year when all household spirits were honored. They are family made, by women, and family owned. These embroideries were of no local commercial value.

Cultural context


Iconographic meaning

Bat; longevity, happiness, health. Butterfly; joy, conjugal felicity. Pomegranate; favorable influences.

Physical description

Grey-white jacket with dark blue embroidery. The jacket has a round neck, wide sleeves and centre opening with frog closures. On the front are peony, pomegranate, bat and butterfly motifs. On the back are lion and prunus motifs. There is blue facing inside the neck, front sides and side seams.