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Auspicious Symbols 

The garments presented here are decorated with peonies, butterflies, melons, begonias to name just a few. These symbols project the wearers' devotion to religion and family. Symbols also identify the status of the wearer. For example auspicious clouds, dragons, and ruyi were used exclusively by members of the royal family.

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Butterflies and Melons

Together the butterfly and the squash are a wish for many children.  Squash with its many seeds represents fertility and  butterflies are pronounced hu, which is a homophone meaning to duplicate.

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