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Tuesday Treasure: Symbols and Stitches of The Qing Dynasty

Take a close-up look at Qing Dynasty robes from our International Textile Collection at this month's Tuesday Treasure.

We’re celebrating the opening of our new display Fabrics of a Decorative Character: Introducing the International Textile Collection by exploring the symbols and stitches of 19th and early 20th century China.

The Qing Dynasty was the last imperial dynasty of China, ruling from 1644 to 1911. Much of our collection was gathered together by Professor Aldred Barker. Professor Barker studied at the Yorkshire College with a Clothworkers’ Company Scholarship. He was later made the Chair of Textile Industries at the University of Leeds.

Pop in anytime between 12–2pm and discover the hidden details and meanings encoded within these spectacularly colourful garments.

Image: Chang-fu, Chinese robe, early 19th century.