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Detail of Manchu robe. The butterfly was one of the rebus symbols for longevity. Its name tieh and that for the descriptive phrase 'seventy or eighty years of age' were the same. The peony flower of riches and honour symbolized wealth. Both age and wealth were respected in the traditional family.

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Detail from Chinese woman's informal robe. Flowers and Fruit of the season represents regeneration and eternal youth.

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Detail of sleeveband Robe belonging to wife of Li Hongzhang's 12th degree noble

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Symbols of longlife painstakingly woven on this exquisite robe which may have taken 3 years to complete.

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Brightly stripped embroidered sleeve bands traditional of the extroverted Nonyas.

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Detail of sleeveband on robe belonging to wife of Li Hongzhang's the tiger denoting 12th degree noble.

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Ching Dynasty Robes & Jackets - 24 - Version 2