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Field Coat - Chinese, circa 1860 Object Reg. No: SH 900661

Chinese field coat, cape style, made of vegetable fibre. The coat, together with basket and hat, had been in possession of family who occupied same property for four generations at Smeaton, Victoria.

The Director of Museum of Chinese-Australian History in Melbourne dated this field coat to circa1860.
Field coat, cape style, made of vegetable fibre. The top of the coat forms a waist-length cape, drawn together and strongly bound at the neck. A cord extends from either side of the neck band. Lower portion of the coat forms a skirt-like layer that is stitched on to the top of the back only, allowing the arms to move freely under the top. At the front, the lower portion has a long, narrow breast panel on each side that is held up with neck band cords (and 2 additional cords from either side of front opening). 3 cords would hold the front opening of the lower portion securely closed. Plant fibre is of cross- thatch weave with horizontal cords woven in approx. every 2.9cm. Ends unhemmed and frayed. Coat is thick and heavy.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 123.00 cm (Height), 114.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: working life, cultural traditions, rural industry, chinese communities, chinese immigration, economic geology, gold mining, ethnic groups, indentured labour
Themes this item is part of: Clothing & Textiles Collection, Cultural Diversity Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: CLOTHING
Secondary Classification: Male & Female
Tertiary Classification: outerwear
Date Made: circa 1860

Director of Museum of Chinese-Australian History verified date as circa 1860.
Place & Date Used: Smeaton, Victoria, Australia, circa 1860

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