1915 - 1925 Chinese American Girl's Trousers

1915 - 1925 Chinese American Girl's Trousers

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Description (Brief)
One of the Lee daughters wore this casual Chinese-style outfit on special occasions, for none of the children wore Chinese dress for every day wear. The trouser band or fu tau , translated as the “head of the trousers,” was folded over and secured with a belt or cord and covered by the vest.
Lee B. Lok, his wife Ng Shee, and their seven children lived above the Quong Yuen Shing & Co. store in New York City's Chinatown. Though the children wore Western clothes and participated in the local Scout troop and other clubs, their parents required them to attend Chinese school each day, from 4-7 PM.
Object Name
trousers, girl's
Object Type
Main Dress
date made
ca 1920
place made
United States: New York, Manhattan, Chinatown
Physical Description
fabric (overall material)
overall: 45 cm x 67 cm; 17 23/32 in x 26 3/8 in
overall, mounted with vest: 38 1/2 in x 20 in x 14 in; 97.79 cm x 50.8 cm x 35.56 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of James Edgar Mead and Virginia Lee Mead
Chinese Americans
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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