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Chinese Textiles: Kesi

"Chinese Textiles: Kesi"

Asian Gallery (Toyokan) Room 5  July 4, 2017 (Tue) - September 24, 2017 (Sun)

  
Monk's RobeGold arabesque stencil on purple ground; flowering plant design in kesi weave, Said to have been used by Shun'oku Myoha, China, Yuan-Ming dynasty, 14th century (Important Cultural Property)

The Chinese tapestry weaving technique called kesi saw rapid advancements from the Northern Song dynasty (960–1127). In the Yuan dynasty (1271–1368), kesi textiles with vibrant colors combined traditional patterns of auspicious beasts with everyday birds and animals. From the Ming (1368–1644) to the Qing (1644–1912) dynasty, kesi garments for the imperial court were considered superior to all others. This exhibit traces the history of the techniques and designs of kesi textiles.

Current exhibit includes:
Monk's RobeGold arabesque stencil on purple ground; flowering plant design in kesi weave, Said to have been used by Shun'oku Myoha, China, Yuan-Ming dynasty, 14th century (Important Cultural Property)
Kesi, FragmentPeony, dragon, phoenix, flower, bird, and deer design on red ground, China, Yuan dynasty, 13th–14th century