The Chinoise Collections was sparked by a gift from Pamela's Great Grandmother, who brought back pieces of "Forbidden Stitch" from pre-revolution China. The Forbidden Stitch was given its name post revolution, because the stitches were so small that the eyes of the artists were thought to be compromised - and the embroidery was done, in the main, for the Emperor and the aristocracy, and had no place in the People's Republic. The Chinese now embroider extensively - and do so beautifully, including the incredible pieces which can be seen to be perfect images on both front and back. An embroidery of a tiger brought back from a recent trip was accomplished in silk threads finer than hair, and beautiful on both sides - And took 6 months of work to complete. These are blank on the inside.
3 robes

3 robes

Robes for a baby?

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Blue bag - large

Blue bag - large

Blue Gathered Bag.  Blank inside
A close up of these elaborately embroidered purses and their silk tassles

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Purses and Ribbons

Purses and Ribbons

Purses and Ribbons.  Blank inside

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Robe 2

Robe 2

The dragon robe would be put on over and under other garments

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Shoes

Shoes

Swans?  Blank inside

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Sleeved Robe Card

Sleeved Robe Card

A Sleeved robe, covered in symbols of health and prosperity. Imaging the time it took to finish this embroidery - on only one piece of clothing in an outfit which probably included 5 or 6 pieces. Blank card and envelope.

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