This chocolate-brown jacket is inspired by those worn by Chinese officials in the early 20th century, but in a more relaxed cut. A length of traditional Miao embroidery adorns the placket. The Miao are China’s largest minority group, and are known for their more embellished clothing often depicting flowers and animals. Linen/poly blend with poly lining and micro-suede accents. Frog button closures. Slightly padded shoulders for structure.
Made in China. 65% linen, 35% poly. Women’s sizes S (4-6), M (8-10), L (12-14), XL (16-18).
The Miao are one of the 55 officially recognized cultural minority groups in China, although the Chinese term encompasses many unrelated nations such as the Hmong and A-Hmao. The Miao have traditionally lived in been isolated, rural communities, but with China’s industrial expansion has reached Miao regions like Guangxi and Guangdong.
Many Miao subgroups are known for their colorful clothing, elaborately decorated with embroidery and brocade. In fact, the Chinese government’s name for various Miao subgroups refers to the predominant color and pattern of the women’s clothing, including red, blue, and black Miao, as well as big flowery and small flowery Miao. They are also renowned for their ornate silver jewelry, sometimes wearing more than 30 pounds worth of necklaces, hair ornaments, bracelets, and more at one time during festivals.