Back in the 50s and 60s the most marvelous beaded knits were coming out of Hong Kong which was then a British Crown Colony. These pieces were extremely well made usually of 100% virgin wool and hand beaded in lavish designs. The embellishments were expensive glass and novelty beads and sparkly sequins. Almost always we will find the tops were fully lined in silk or acetate so they are very comfortable to wear.
The beaded tanks tops are very popular for Holiday cocktail parties but the real beauty of these pieces is they can easily be dressed up or down. Here are some lovely examples we've recently added to Empress Jade Vintage on Etsy.
Black Magic: beaded tank top is lavishly encrusted in black seed beads and every inch is covered in sequins, Vintage 60s, Woodwards label, Size M.