Buyi Woman’s Costume
This beautiful old costume is that of a married Buyi woman in Guizhou Province, and comprises a jacket, apron, and skirt. Silk embroidery and weaving, plus wax resist indigo-dyed patterns decorate the handsome jacket; the skirt, also decorated with wax resist indigo-dyed patterns on cotton, is partially pleated and has a deep inside edge of handspun indigo cotton; the apron is very attractively embroidered in silk and embellished with a fine, old silk ribbon at the neck. Complete outfits are not easy to find and this is a very attractive older one. Condition is quite good, with a few patches on the jacket (but hidden under the apron), some wear along the edges of the apron, and some soil and small holes in the skirt- none of which detract from the overall outfit and are to be expected in older costume pieces. Early-mid-20th century.
Size: Jacket: 60.5″ x 19.5″; Skirt: 33.5″ (waistband) x 32.75″