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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
baby carrier
date made
Lee Ng Shee
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
cotton (overall material)
overall: 60 cm x 304 cm; 23 5/8 in x 119 11/16 in
place made
United States
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Chinese American
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Home and Community Life: Costume
Cultures & Communities
Family & Social Life
Chinese American
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of James Edgar Mead and Virginia Lee Mead
Related Publication
Lee Chinese -American Family Papers, ca. 1915-1970
Publication author
Mead, Virginia Lee
Publication URL

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