1936 Chinese American Baby Carrier

Description (Brief)
In America, Mrs. Lee made this decorated carrier for her granddaughter, Jade. Chinese women carried children on their back in carriers such as this. The child sat in the carrier with their feet around the mother’s waist; the four strips of fabric at each corner knotted at the parents’ front.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
baby carrier
date made
1936
maker
Lee Ng Shee
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 60 cm x 304 cm; 23 5/8 in x 119 11/16 in
place made
United States
ID Number
1992.0620.03
catalog number
1992.0620.03
accession number
1992.0620
subject
Chinese American
Family & Social Life
Immigration
Immigrants
Cultures & Communities
Chinese American
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Home and Community Life: Costume
Chinese American
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of James Edgar Mead and Virginia Lee Mead
Publication title
Lee Chinese -American Family Papers, ca. 1915-1970
Publication author
Mead, Virginia Lee
Publication URL
http://collections.si.edu/search/results.jsp?q=set_name:%22Lee+Chinese-American+Family+Papers%2C+ca.+1915-1970%22

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