Bamboo undergarments date back to the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) and were worn until the beginning of 20th century in China, particularly in Southern China where it is hot and humid. Bamboo undergarments are made from cut sections of the finest bamboo and were worn in summer next to the skin to keep the light cotton outer garment from irritating the skin with perspiration. The undergarment was constructed from tiny pieces of hollow bamboo sewn together to create a mesh. The effect of this open-work construction was like that of a modern string vest: it trapped the air, kept the wearer cool and dry in the hot weather, and protected the outer clothing. (description from the Powerhouse Museum, Australia)
* Also, this particular jacket is wider than most that we have seen.
Age: Qing Dynasty, ca 1900
Size: 23-5/8" x 64"
Price: $3,200.00 USD