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Exhibition: Embroidered Fortune. Taiwanese Costume from the National Palace Museum in Taipei, Taiwan

Women’s costume in black satin with floral design. Late 19th - early 20th century. © Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas

The exhibition 'Embroidered Fortune.  Taiwanese Costume' gathers a collection of 74 embroidered garments, reflecting the development and wealth of this type of art in Taiwan from the 19th century, and the combination of its decorative qualities with auspicious symbolism.

The selected items from the collection of the National Palace Museum in Taipei (Taiwan), which can now be seen at the National Museum of Decorative Arts in Madrid, include both ordinary clothing and military tunics with insignias.  

Traditional Taiwanese embroidery features decorative motifs, a mixture of coloured threads, and sewing techniques. The ornamental elements most commonly found in traditional costume are flowers, fruit, birds, and animals, chosen both for aesthetic reasons and for their auspicious connotations.

General information

Jun 16, 2017 to Nov 5, 2017
Decorative arts, Popular


Location and contact

National Museum of Decorative Arts

Calle Montalbán, 12
28014 Madrid
Telephone  +34 915326499

Practical information


Tuesday to Saturday

9:30 AM to 3:00 PM


9:30 AM to 3:00 PM

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Public holidays and Sundays

10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Closing days: Monday


Free admission


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