Double Sided Embroidery of a Cat, China

Double sided embroidery of a cat, China, late 20th century. Double sided embroidery of a cat, China, late 20th century. Courtesy Textile Research Centre, Leiden, acc. no. TRC 2016.0361.

The collection of the Textile Research Centre in Leiden includes a double sided embroidery of a cat, from late twentieth century China. The embroidery measures 23 x 17 cm. The embroidery itself is made of silk and worked with a random, filling stitch, and is placed inside a protective cover. The cat is playing with a praying mantis.

The embroidery is worked with two needles being handled in mirror movements. This is a technique that has been used for at least several centuries in China.

TRC online catalogue (retrieved 14 November 2016).

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The reverse of the embroidery of a cat, playing with a praying mantis.

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