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Thursday, April 11, 2002 - 19:30

Qing Dynasty Court Costumes and Mandarin Squares

Linda Sumadi, Specialist, Chinese Textiles

U.S. Embassy Residence

During the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) the Manchus, comprising only two percent of the population of their Empire, imposed law and dress codes on the Han Chinese, but they also adopted Ming style clothes with a few changes to suit their lifestyle. Linda Sumadi, a specialist in Chinese textiles, will explain the Qing garments to us, from the ceremonial, formal and informal robes, of the Emperors and the Court Officials to the military and civil official robes, with their mandarin squares, as well as accessories such as belts, hats and shoes that complimented them. She will explain the special importance and meaning of the motifs, symbols and colours of the embroidery stitched onto precious materials.

Linda Sumadi has been collecting Chinese textiles for more than twenty years and has sold pieces of her collection in major auctions houses in London. She will bring to the lecture some of her Chinese robes and mandarin squares (as these badges of rank, sewn on the front and back of the mandarins’ garments, are referred to) for us to see and appreciate. She will tell us their value, how we can recognize them and also where we can still discover genuine pieces.