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Pear Garden Hardcover Journal

Pear Garden Hardcover Journal

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Original Art: Chinese opera costume
Era: Late 19th century
Region: China

During the Tang Dynasty (618–907), the Emperor Taizong founded an opera school called Liyuan (Pear Garden). Chinese opera reached its pinnacle under the Qing court (1644–1911), giving birth to what is known as Peking Opera. Reproduced here is a piece of beautifully embroidered opera skirt from that era.

In the early days of Peking Opera, all roles were played by men, even the female characters (known as “Dan” roles). Costumes were used to reflect the identity and personality of the characters and were often used as a replacement for props. It is a piece of beautifully embroidered male opera skirt that Paperblanks has reproduced for this cover.


  • Paperblanks: Peking Opera Embroidery 
  • 100% recycled binder boards
  • Decorative printed cover paper
  • FSC-certified text paper
  • Acid-free sustainable forest paper
  • Smyth Sewn 
  • Memento Pouch
  • Wrap Closure
  • Custom-Designed Laid Paper
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