Presenter Information

Tashi Palmo, Colby CollegeFollow

Location

Diamond 242

Start Date

1-5-2014 9:00 AM

End Date

1-5-2014 10:50 AM

Project Type

Presentation

Description

Chinese Embroidery has been a object of fascination, and easy to find once one started looking for it. In Chinese history, many things are embroidered and the embroidery itself holds symbolic meaning to it. Looking at the symbolic meanings of each embroidery, gender roles are clearly noted especially in a society based on Confucius values at the time. Not only were the embroidered art are gendered, but the practice of embroidery itself was gendered female. Women were responsible for domestic works, so they stayed inside the four walls of their house and took care of the children, cleaned the house and many embroidered with other women of the family in the women quarter. The act of embroidery then was gendered women.

Faculty Sponsor

Elizabeth LaCouture

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. History Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Social Sciences

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

506

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May 1st, 9:00 AM May 1st, 10:50 AM

Embroidery and Gender in Chinese History

Diamond 242

Chinese Embroidery has been a object of fascination, and easy to find once one started looking for it. In Chinese history, many things are embroidered and the embroidery itself holds symbolic meaning to it. Looking at the symbolic meanings of each embroidery, gender roles are clearly noted especially in a society based on Confucius values at the time. Not only were the embroidered art are gendered, but the practice of embroidery itself was gendered female. Women were responsible for domestic works, so they stayed inside the four walls of their house and took care of the children, cleaned the house and many embroidered with other women of the family in the women quarter. The act of embroidery then was gendered women.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2014/program/400