- Skirt, China, Early 20th century. Silk, cotton; plain weave, embroidered. L: 39.5 inches, W: 73.5 inches. TM 1990.28.1. Gift of Clara-Jane Shaull from the collection of Robert Schnepfe Shaull.
Amazing thread embroidery showing at Hansangsoo Embroidery Museum, Seoul
Images from the upcoming exhibition on modern bojagi entitled Wrapping Traditions: Korean Textiles Now at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art in San Francisco.
Fukusa, a covering for gifts, with embroidered auspicious motifs for a wedding. The hexagonal boxes contain painted clam shells with paired scenes used in a matching game called kaiawase. The sides of the boxes display crane and pine motifs, both symbols of longevity, while the crane also signifies marital fidelity.
Mary Dusenbury’s Flowers Dragons and Pine Trees notes,
Because the markings on the two halves of a clam’s shell are identical and unique to each clam, clams signified conjugal felicity and faithfulness… By the Edo period, the kai awase game had become associated with weddings, and was one of the most important gifts that a bride brought with her to her new home.
A video overview of the traditional textile techniques of the Li people of Hainan Island, China, from the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding. They use backstrap looms for traditional weaving (beginning at time mark 4:10) like the Yi loom I posted earlier. The video also features glimpses of traditional spinning, dyeing (including ikat), and embroidery.