Folkwear 115; ©1979; Chinese Skirts. Long pleated wrap skirts of richly decorated silk were worn by by Chinese women perhaps as early as 200 B.C., and later in the Imperial Court of the Ching Dynasty (1644-1911). Worn over loose trousers, a matching jacket or robe of silk or satin completed the traditional costume. The skirt construction, which has changed little through the centuries, consists of two identical sections fastened together at the waist with knotted frogs. Narrow pleats over the hips fall from a lowered waistband. Lined over-panels are wrapped over narrower under-panels in both front and back. Decorative facings piped with narrow bias tape finish the sides and hem of the over-panels. Our skirt is cut low-calf length; a narrow or wide traditional waistband may be used.
Optional embellishments include hand-made frog closings and knotted buttons, bias pleat decoration, and transfer designs for embroidery or hand-panting techiniques. See Costume Lore and Authentic Detailing inside.
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