Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Now you see a sleeve...
But what are these cords for?
The answer is: for knotted tassels.
A traditional Chinese dress had no pockets, hence a girl had to attach a purse to her belt like this:
It was called a lotus purse and was usually embroidered and tasseled by the wearer herself, showcasing her needlework skills and, at the same time, reflecting her personality. Therefore, a painstakingly embroidered lotus purse was usually presented to a family member, or a betrothed one, as a keepsake gift. It was a symbol of love.