Jyanni Steffensen Her feet covered many cocoons...
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The Scarlet Silk Vest

Neatly folded on the top of the case was a thin scarlet silk kimono embroidered with dragons. [9]

The scarlet silk kimono, which Hercule Poirot finds in his suitcase, is a red herring. It belongs to everyone on the train and to no one.

One day shortly Afterward., Li Zhou called to Orlando Jones from the office as she was returning to her apartment in the afternoon. The Foreign Affairs Office was located on the floor below Orlando Jones's apartment. The vest was lying on the sofa in the office. Not having wanted to ask what colour and style the vest would be (it was, after all, a gift), Orlando Jones had wishfully envisioned a cotton padded one in black. What was lying on the sofa was a garment in scarlet silk. Orlando Jones was again astonished. The vest was reversible with shiny black waterproof microfibre on one side and scarlet, chrysanthemum patterned satin silk on the other. The floral motif was discreet in red, white and gold. The scarlet was scarlet in the way that only Chinese silk can be. The garment had a very high (up to the lobes of one's ears) stand up collar. When the vest was zippered all the way to the top of the collar, and the collar rolled down, it formed a traditional Chinese stand up collar. The zipper was tricky, working on both sides. The tag at the top of the zipper runner flipped over the top of the runner onto the other side and zippered up on the reverse side. It was the most glamorous garment that Orlando Jones had ever worn. "It is very 'Chinese', 'traditional'", people murmured.

When Orlando Jones wore the scarlet silk vest into the classroom, the students whistled.

zipper n device for bringing together or separating two rows of metal or plastic teeth by means of a sliding tab; used for fastening clothing, baggage, etc. [10]

The tailor of Jinzhou promised to make Orlando Jones a qipao (cheongsam in Cantonese) the traditional Chinese dress for women. Li Zhou and she decided to go to the market to buy silk.

"The younger girls are soaking the cocoons in boiling water until the silk threads loosen. Itcs one of the most important jobs here. They have to find the main thread from which the entire web of silk is unravelled," Lin continued. [11]

There are two regions (of Tenduk) in which they (the sovereigns styled Prester John) exercise dominion. These in our part of the world are named Gog and Magog, but by the natives Ung and Mongul; in each of which there is a distinct race of people. In the Ung are the Gog and in Mongol are the Tartars. The inhabitants of the towns in this province gain their living by trade and manufactures, weaving fine-gold tissues, ornamented with mother-of-pearl, named nascici, and silks of different textures and colours...[12]

Orlando Jones received other gifts. On Teacher's Day she was welcomed by the Director of Education and given a bonus of one hundred yuan folded in red paper, a carton of Chinese beer and a slab of Chinese Coca-cola. On the north wall of the meeting room in the Administrative Building - where she met the Director there was a portrait of Mao, flanked by a Chinese flag and a Russian flag. On the East and West walls were hung portraits of other communist leaders Marx, Lenin, the unspeakable Stalin, and an unidentified person. It was certainly not a portrait of a Chinese person. M made a digital portrait of her seated under the portrait of Marx (her favourite) but he forgot to e-mail it to her. In the photograph Orlando Jones was wearing a wool crepe Vogue (pattern) dress-coat and Armani sunglasses. Everyone else was dressed casually.