Off-white embroidered women's jacket with green cuffs
silk satin with artificial fibre, silk and cotton embroidery thread
Donated by Maggie McDonell, Chinese Museum Collection
Photography by De Sheng Lim
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This off-white embroidered women’s jacket was purchased in Shanghai in the 1930s by Lady Nan McArthur. It is finely hand-embroidered with landscape scenes, figures, flowers and butterflies.
The Chinese Museum’s collection contains examples of nineteenth and twentieth-century craftwork brought to Australia from China and Hong Kong, such as hand-embroidered clothing, shoes and other textiles, toys, ceramic food containers, furniture and hand-made Chinese work tools such as yokes and carpentry tools. The collection also contains consummate examples of craftwork from China including bamboo weaving, carved ivory, jade, cork and wood work and magnificent hand-made textiles.
The Museum also runs a range of craft workshops for children and collects material that relates to the history and contribution of Chinese in Australia. Access to the permanent collection is by prior appointment.