This clothes called Yin Chao robe. It is Dong minority...It comes from Yin Chao country, Li Pin, Gui Zhou province. It was weared by important festival or marriage. This robe is very magnificent with fine embroidery. The leaf type skirt, makes one recall the ancestor to arrange the leaves of grass for skirt's scene. On the curtain skirt embroiders plays the part of rolls the circular dragon grain, reflects the Dong minority to worship the dragon and snake...
Yin Chao clothing is following the Song Dynasty clothing style, for the Dong minority area most old clothing. Its characteristic all embroiders pattern with apron, the lower extremity has hangs the flower, hangs under the flower to hang the string of beads, the string of beads terminal has a pinch of jade hundred feather, let people feel very mystically.
Let see this Yin Chao robe:
Before pattern of this robe: It has circle, roll and heart shape. The circle shape we usually think it symbol sun and flowers. Because this robe for marriage, the circle shape should be flowers. Flower symbol happiness, mean joining together, intergration, or marriage. The heart is symbol of human feelings, and the heart-shaped designs that represent human beings are used to express people's feelings. The heart shape also pomegranate design. The pomegranate the more sons, the more blessing. Their parents hopes that they have more baby after married. The rolls shape we just say that it is rolls dragon. We all know dragon means king in China. But it has another meaning in minority and people called dragon god. Because the dragon can bring rain to the farm crops so that people just have good harvest and eating. So Dong people especially like dragon. So lead of Dong wear dragon robe was made by eggwhite...I show the picture to you.
Back of robe: It also called a Hundred Bird coat. You can see many birds and phoenix in there. The phoenix is one type of the birds. It symbol queen in China. But group thinks it is mother and protect baby safe and good health.