This book celebrates the beauty of Chinese textiles, drawing on the Victoria and Albert Museums' fine and largely unpublished collection. It tells the overlapping stories of their making and the material culture in which Chinese Textiles uses both historical and modern pieces from world-renowned V&A collection to explore and discuss their making and meaning. The works feature images from Chinese legends as well as the hydrodams of the communist era. Breathtaking in workmanship, color, and design, they were made for a purpose. Those created for celebration dominate this book. Many pieces were made for birthdays and weddings, the latter providing occasions for splendid robes, palanquin hangings, quilts, and bed curtains: several bear" pictures of a hundred boys" expressing the fervent with for sons to carry on the family line. The Chinese reverence for age gives birthdays as added significance and inspired scenes of filial piety on scrolls and silk wall panels. As well as dealing with the techniques and influences author Verity Wilson tells the story of each piece - why it was made and for whom - and introduces a galaxy of characters from China's history and legend. The superb photography allows us to view these intricate textiles to full advantage.
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CHINESE TEXTILES FOR CLOTHING
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Albert Museum Archives and Registry Art and Design bedcover Beijing blue Buddhist cheongsam China Chinese Art Chinese Carpets Chinese embroidery Chinese silk cloth cm V&A cm V&A:T colour cotton Craig Clunas cross-stitch Cultural cushion covers Daoist David Tang decorative depicts detail of plate dragon robes drawn thread Dunhuang early edited European examples exhibition catalogue export fabric flowers garment Given by Miss Guanyin Hong Kong imperial jacket London loom material Ming motifs nineteenth century originally painted silk panel Peking People's Republic period pieces production purchased Qianlong Emperor qilin Qing dynasty qipao resist dyeing Rose Kerr satin scroll Shanghai Shanghai Tang shown here plate silk damask silk picture Silk Road silk tapestry sometimes south China stitch style surviving tailoring tapestry woven silk technique trade traditional twentieth century V&A Archives valance velvet Verity Wilson Victoria and Albert Vuilleumier warp threads weavers weaving weft women