The Conservation of a Qing Dynasty Ao (Late Nineteenth-Century Chinese Women’s Robe)

Alyson Katz
Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice

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Title
The Conservation of a Qing Dynasty Ao (Late Nineteenth-Century Chinese Women’s Robe)
Contributor Names
Katz, Alyson (Author)
Bloomfield, Nicole (Thesis advisor)
Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York. Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice (Degree granting institution)
Date
2023
Degree Information
M.A. Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, 2023
Department: Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice
Advisors: Bloomfield, Nicole
Committee members: Carlson, Brooke
Abstract
This qualifying paper documents the conservation treatment of a Qing Dynasty Ao (late nineteenth-century Chinese Han women’s robe). The robe is now part of the Graduate Study Collection and is available for research.

The first section of this paper looks at the historical context of this style of robe as well as the meaning of the different decorative motifs and embellishments seen on the garment. The second part of the paper is a complete documentation of the condition, treatment proposal, and treatment report.

To conclude, this paper assesses the treatment along with an overview of the different ideologies of compensating for loss to justify the treatment options. The research thoroughly discusses the choices that lead up to the decisions made during treatment. The conservation treatments involved included: hand stitched underlay and overlay supports, adhesives, custom dying, and rehousing.
Keywords: Chinese clothing; Han robe; Nineteenth century; Qing dynasty; Textile conservation; Women's clothing
Subject
Fashion
Textile research
Asia
History
Chinese
Clothing
Han Dynasty China
Robes
Nineteenth century
China--History--Qing dynasty, 1644-1912
Textile fabrics
Conservation and restoration
Women's clothing
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FIT Repository ID: etd_000940
ISBN: 9798379899165
pqdiss: 30521608
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Language
English
Publisher
Ann Arbor : ProQuest Dissertations & Theses

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Katz, A. (2023). The Conservation of a Qing Dynasty Ao (Late Nineteenth-Century Chinese Women’s Robe) [Master's thesis, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York]. FIT Institutional Repository. https://institutionalrepository.fitnyc.edu/item/120807
Katz, Alyson. The Conservation of a Qing Dynasty Ao (Late Nineteenth-Century Chinese Women’s Robe). 2023. Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, Master's thesis. FIT Digital Repository, https://institutionalrepository.fitnyc.edu/item/120807
Katz, Alyson. "The Conservation of a Qing Dynasty Ao (Late Nineteenth-Century Chinese Women’s Robe)." Master's thesis, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, 2023. https://institutionalrepository.fitnyc.edu/item/120807