Intense Blue and Chocolate Reversible Silk Chinese Jacket

The theme once more is blue. But also chocolate, because this jacket is reversible. That seems to be common with these Chinese jackets: I posted about a reversible blue/gold silk jacket a week ago, and this red silk jacket is also reversible, with solid red on one side, and black with red circles on the other. When I posted about it, I remarked on the intensity of its dye. The colour here is if anything more intense. It makes anything else I wear it over look shabby.

Intense blue and chocolate reversible silk Chinese jacket.
Intense blue and chocolate reversible silk Chinese jacket.
Intense blue and chocolate reversible silk Chinese jacket.
Intense blue and chocolate reversible silk Chinese jacket.
Intense blue and chocolate reversible silk Chinese jacket.
Intense blue and chocolate reversible silk Chinese jacket.
Intense blue and chocolate reversible silk Chinese jacket.
Intense blue and chocolate reversible silk Chinese jacket.

Blue Paisley Kimono, Much Loved

Here's another kimono from Unicorn, decorated with paisley. It's slightly heavier than the two shown so far, enough to be used as a very light coat. The material is silk, and it was probably made in the 1930s.

Blue paisley kimono

Blue paisley kimono

Blue paisley kimono, showing pattern

Blue paisley kimono, showing pattern

This kimono must have been much loved. The photo below shows where one of the paisley motifs, which seems to got completely ripped off, has been carefully stitched back. Blue paisley kimono, showing repaired region

Chinese Green

In Chinese Red, I featured a red silk Chinese top. I've worn this a lot: it's light, easy to carry, is a striking vivid red without being garish, combines well with lots of other colours, is reversible should I want a different design, and can be worn under or over other layers. Now here's another high-quality silk top, but green rather than red. Like the red one, it's from Unicorn.

Green embroidered silk Chinese top

Though the top is easy to wear, it's not easy to photograph. The silk is shiny, and in strong direct light, the fabric looks washed out. These photos, taken in the diffuse light of a library, are more like what I see.

Green embroidered silk Chinese top

Green embroidered silk Chinese top

In some lights, the patterns seem to drift on a green sea.

Green embroidered silk Chinese top

The fastenings look like Chinese characters:

Green embroidered silk Chinese top

Green embroidered silk Chinese top

The fabric is embroidered, with people, birds and fruits, as well as elaborate circular symbols. In some places, these have been worked into the pockets:

Green embroidered silk Chinese top

Sometimes these symbols look darker than the surrounding fabric, and sometimes lighter:

Green embroidered silk Chinese top

Green embroidered silk Chinese top

The embroidery and fastenings are intricate. Here are some close-ups:

Green embroidered silk Chinese top, detail of embroidery

Green embroidered silk Chinese top, detail of embroidery

Green embroidered silk Chinese top, detail of embroidery

Green embroidered silk Chinese top, detail of embroidery

Green embroidered silk Chinese top, detail of embroidery

Green embroidered silk Chinese top, detail of embroidery

Green embroidered silk Chinese top, detail of embroidery

Green embroidered silk Chinese top, detail of embroidery

Green embroidered silk Chinese top, detail of embroidery

Green embroidered silk Chinese top, detail of embroidery

Chinese Blue


The four photo-posts before this have all been of pieces of clothing that aren’t mine. But here’s another that is, a blue Chinese embroidered silk top.

Blue Chinese silk top
Blue Chinese silk top
Blue Chinese silk top
Blue Chinese silk top
Blue Chinese silk top

 

From some angles, the designs look surreal: segmented biological forms undulating over a blue silk sea. Arp blobs, but with internal structure.

Blue Chinese silk top

Blue Chinese silk top

 

From other angles, they seem like floating islands.

Blue Chinese silk top, showing detail of embroidery stitching

 

Notice the details of the embroidery.

Blue Chinese silk top, showing detail of embroidery stitching
Blue Chinese silk top, showing detail of embroidery stitching
Blue Chinese silk top, showing detail of embroidery stitching
Blue Chinese silk top, showing detail of embroidery stitching

 

As a friend said, sometimes the patterns look like
a dream:

Blue Chinese silk top, showing detail of embroidery stitching
Blue Chinese silk top, showing detail of embroidery stitching
Blue Chinese silk top, showing detail of embroidery stitching

Colorpoint Roman Aliens

This short-sleeved silk shirt isn't something I bought, because it was too big. But the little cartoons on it are fun, so I decided to show it anyway. It's labelled "Colorpoint", and is covered in cartoon aliens wearing Roman plumes on their helmets. Once again, I found it in Unicorn. Click on the aliens to see a picture of the design surrounding them.

Colorpoint silk shirt

Colorpoint silk shirt

Black and Gold Silk

This is a gold-on-black silk jacket from Unicorn. Probably Chinese or Japanese, and perhaps the flowers are stylised chrysanthemums? The colours contrast nicely with both reds and blues, worn over or under, and this top is useful as an extra layer in the spring. Like my red Chinese silk top, the fastenings are loops and Chinese balls rather than buttonholes and buttons. You can see three loops to the left of the pocket in the second photo. Unlike the red silk, the texture is glossy and almost rubbery. In contrast, the red silk is matte and feels slightly cottony.

Black and gold silk top
Black and gold silk top

Chinese Red

I bought this wonderfully intense red silk top in Unicorn, Ship Street, Oxford. Notice that it's reversible. Iva, the owner of the shop, said that silk takes these intense dyes well: it would be unusual to find anything so vivid used on cotton or other fabrics. In spring, which I believe this weather is supposed to be, it's a good layer to have between a jacket and something inner such as a thin shirt.

Red silk Chinese top

Red silk Chinese top

Red silk Chinese top