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

Shou; longevity. Key design; clouds and thunder.

Physical description

Square, textile consisting of a cream fabric multi-coloured embroidery. Hemmed edges have a dark blue zigzag pattern; border has key a design. The central motif is four men carrying a large red chair; shou symbols.