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Cloud Collar

Type: For Personal Adornment
Object Name: Cloud Collar
Place Made: Asia: East Asia, China, Central China, Shaanxi, Xian
Period: 19th century
Date: 1800 - 1899
Dimensions: L 48 cm x W 48 cm
Materials: Silk; cotton; metal sequin; silk floss
Techniques: Embroidered; appliquéd; satin stitch; satin
ID Number: T92.0180
Credit: Gift of Ruth Lor Malloy and Michael Malloy

The name “cloud collar” comes from the shape of this collar’s lobes, or petals, which are often layered. Women wore these collars over robes for special occasions. The cloud shapes represent abundance. At one time, the neck opening symbolized the Sky Gate (the entrance to heaven), and the lobes, pointing in four directions, represented the universe in miniature.