This floral Chinese skirt is over one hundred years old and it is an excellent example of the skill of free hand embroidery, the design of traditional Chinese dress for women of high social status, and the superior quality of fabrics used in clothing in its era. Restoration is needed to the hem, to the waistband and to repair loose stitching. Textiles don’t make it in general public exhibitions as much as they should, and as this Chinese skirt is so beautiful, and such a unique item in The Atkinson collection, it would be wonderful to raise the funds necessary to have it restored and displayed for the first time. The exhibition entitled Cross Pollination at The Atkinson, is free of charge and we hope you’ll come along and see the piece that you’ve helped to conserve when it’s on display and learn more about it. After the exhibition, which runs from June 2019-March 2020, the garment will be available for study giving a lasting legacy to your donation for generations to come.
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Why it's a great idea:
• We are proud that our region is home to the oldest Chinese community in Europe and want to celebrate this by conserving and displaying this extraordinary piece of skilled Chinese craftsmanship. • This skirt provides an insight into fashion history, Chinese craftsmanship and the use of flowers in textiles. Protecting and cherishing this piece of cultural heritage will give you an insight into the history of our world. • This is not just a piece of art, it is clothing – an intimate thing. A real person wore and cherished this skirt. For them, it was an investment, and a statement. We’d love you to come and see it, to share the experience of wondering about that person’s life and reflecting on the similarities and differences with your own. • If we don’t conserve this skirt and display it, we’ll lose the privilege of seeing something so beautiful. • It is an item that educates and inspires. • The restoration of this skirt will leave a lasting legacy for future generations.
Steps to get it done:
The Atkinson was opened in 1878 with the kind generosity of William Atkinson. It is situated in the north west coastal town of Southport, Merseyside, and has over half a million visitors a year. We exist to help raise money so that The Atkinson can continue to educate, inspire and entertain the local community and the wider general public.
About the space
Southport is situated on the Sefton coast and is easy to reach from Liverpool, Manchester and Preston with very good rail and bus services. There are also several park and ride facilities and car parks. The Atkinson is the jewel in the crown of Lord Street surrounded by an array of restaurants, cafes, shops and attractions for all ages.
Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council
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