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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2005 4:24 am 

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Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
I thought I would share this beautiful embroidered panel even tho it is probably not tribal. It is obviously a phoenix, and is Chinese, but the age and origin are unknown. The background material is a fairly lightweight wool backed with fine indigo-dyed cotton, and the embroidery is all in silk and metal-wrapped (gold?) threads. Some of the silk is variegated, which creates an interesting effect, as does the creative use of different stitches for textures. I find the color combinations and textures quite captivating, and would appreciate any assistance with learning more about this piece.

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Susan Stem
PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2005 12:53 am 

Joined: Tue Jul 01, 2003 4:52 am
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Location: California, USA
Hi Susan,

What an extraordinary textile! I believe you are correct in your identification of the main body as a phoenix arising from the ashes. The phoenix, if I'm not
mistaken, is the female power symbol in opposition to the male dragon, amongst the Chinese.

Yet like the dragon, the phoenix here is shown in two realms-the earth of fire, and the air of flight. And, full sunlight-all very auspicious.

I think it's idiosintcratic, from the workshop, perhaps, of an artist familiar with art deco style, who had the resources to have this painting transfered to cloth in meticulous fashion.

The cloud like designs are also very close to the Japanese wave motif, perhaps another indication of its 30's feel.

The first glimpse reminded me of the Chicago movie theaters of my youth, with serpents crawling on imported vases, and so on...

I look forward to reading what others have to say.



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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2005 10:42 am 
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What a stunningly graphic textile! Thanks for sharing it with us. I have no information to add I am afraid.

Sandie's comments are interesting and I too think that there are Japanese style overtones. I love the thistle tail featheres.


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