Chinese silk ‘cloud cape’
An elaborate Chinese silk ‘cloud cape’ dating from the late Qing. This style of cloud cape, also known as cloud shawl (yun jian) or collar, was worn by women during the Qing dynasty for celebrations. The cape shows four stylised clouds in the form of Chinese ruyi sceptres (a pun on the word for auspicious) representing good luck in four directions. This late Qing example is made of finely embroidered silk, macramé netting with embroidered butterflies and has a fringe of weighted knots and colourful silk tassels.