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  • Dragons in the Drawing Room: Chinese Embroideries in British Homes

Cheang, Sarah, 2008, Journal Article, Dragons in the Drawing Room: Chinese Embroideries in British Homes Textile History, 39 (2). pp. 223-249. ISSN 0040-4969

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Chinese embroideries have featured in British domestic interiors since at least the seventeenth century. However, Western imperial interests in China during the mid-nineteenth and early twentieth century created a particular set of meanings around Chinese material culture, especially a colonial form of nostalgia for pre-nineteenth century China, with its emperors and 'exotic' court etiquette. This article examines the use of Chinese satin-stitch embroideries in British homes between 1860 and 1949, and explores how a range of British identities was constructed through the ownership, manipulation and display of these luxury Chinese textiles.

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Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W230 Clothing/Fashion Design > W231 Textile Design
School or Centre: School of Humanities
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2012 16:56
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2012 15:10
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/918

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