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Color Codes

Red  a sign of good fortune

Color not only marks status, but also pervades various aspects of life in China. Color is directional and seasonal, according to the Five Phases. The textiles presented here illustrate the symbolism of color during the Qing Dynasty. 


Red Weddings

Red is the color of auspiciousness, and women wore red robes on their wedding day. These robes were then used for ceremonies, special occasions, and the robes appear in ancestor portraits  

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