Skirt that comes with a black silk satin full embroidered top worn for wedding tea ceremony

This skirt of an ‘aoqun’ (袄裙) set was worn by the owner for her wedding tea ceremony in 1959. The ‘aoqun’which comprised of a jacket and a skirt, was worn by Han women since the Qing dynasty. The skirt consist of two equal length of cloth attached to a waistband and wrapped around the body. During the Qing dynasty, skirts with pleated sides were in vogue, there could be a maximum of 100 pleats with rich embroidery embellishing area between each pleat. Motifs of dragons and phoenix were embroidered on this skirt, symbolizing a perfect match. Red is an auspicious colour for joyous occasion.