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

Dragon boat indicates triumphal procession of an important official. The butterfly represents joy, brightness and true love and the pomegranate represents offspring, prosperity and favourable influences.

Physical description

Large white cover with dark blue cross-stitch embroidery. The cover is made from three long pieces sewn together. There are medium and large roundels, triangular corner pieces and large designs covering the overall surface. The motifs represented include butterfly, fruit, vase, floral, bird, dragon and swastika. The ends of the cover are hemmed, the sides are selvage. The back is unlined.