Rare Antique / 1920s Hand Embroidered & Sequinned Pink Silk Cheongsam Textile Example Dress

This dress is far from perfect but it is an incredible vintage textile and is still wearable with care. This was probably made by Chinese artisans for the Western market and is an incredible example of the work being done during this period. I have seen a few of these older pieces but this one is especially special as it is all done by hand. It has the classic lines of a Cheongsam and is made out of a fine pink silk. It wraps and closes with frog knots and antique buttons down one side and up to the neck. The collar is high and the work on it is extraordinary. The pattern is a mix of hand applied sequins, that I believe are gelatin, and incredible embroidery work that has been all done by hand. The colours and designs are like wearing a piece of art. The set has lots of light overall damage. I see fading, missing sequins, fraying and shattering here and there, some marks... and yet it is still a thing of absolute beauty. Buy it knowing it is flawed but a true piece of history and beauty. 

Fully lined in a cotton muslin and closes at the side. The buttons are all present but some of the frog knots heat snapped. there is overall light damage throughout as described above and I had added quite a few photos so that it is fairly represented. Sold as found and has not been cleaned so that no further damage would be caused. 

Sleeves: approx 23" with no true seams "
Shoulders: no true seam
Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 54" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XXS-XS

Item# E691

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This garment is sold as found and has been thoroughly checked over before shipping

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