"Ear Muffs Blue"
Chinese hand embroidered ear muffs
These embroidered ear muffs go back to the Ching and Ming dynasties. They were worn by the Mandarin families. Different designs and colors were worn by different age groups. The brighter colors being worn by the young. The darker ones by older family members. More lightly embroidered pieces would be for older people, while heavily covered pieces were for the youth.