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 Post subject: Stencil number
PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2010 12:38 pm 
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I think looking at the images above that there are only two stencils required to make this three panelled piece - one for the phoenix in the corners which appears to be flipped over and mirror-imaged and 1 for the phoenix in the central panel which is likewise flipped over to give a mirror image. It is easier to make out the joins more clearly on the outer panels than the central panel where the offset flower in the center lends itself to hiding the mirror image at first glance.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2010 12:51 pm 
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Here is an excellent website regarding rice paste resist stencilling with instructions and images to illustrate the process
http://indigodye.blogspot.com/2006/02/rice-paste-recipe-for-stencil-printing.html


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2010 12:54 pm 
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Iain

Pretty sure you are right and, when you look at Susan Stem's museum pic, the stencil shown on the wall is a similar one for the stencil with inner border corners. Fascinating to break down what is quite a complex design into just two stencils.

One place that I have visited and is quite famous for resist textiles on a more of a 'factory' basis is Anshun (Guizhou). I have visited such a factory/workshop twice - see http://www.tribaltextiles.info/Diaries/ ... htm#Anshun for my 2000 visit. I see that I noted 'stencils' as well as directly drawn wax resist. Also for 2001 http://www.tribaltextiles.info/Diaries/ ... htm#Anshun where I note the factory name. I should have photos especially from the first visit when things were fresh to my eye.

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Yes Iain that is the same design!

Very interested to know more if the other owner has any information on it. The mystery unravels - a bit.

Thanks also for the link to rice paste, this was what puzzled me: the fabric seemed much too delicate to have been batiked with wax, even when new. It's a very loose weave.

Thanks for posting this!

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 12:55 pm 
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Iain-
Thank you so much for the link to the rice paste website! I was trying to figure out how the paste would adhere to the cloth. I do wonder if this is the way it's done in China, and in Central Asia. If anyone has any information about that, it would be useful. I still have not found anything in my library.Good work!

And it's amazing that you found another textile like Elizabeth's! Somebody must have been cranking them out way back when. It would appear that it was used as a small blanket? The mirror image technique really works well with this design.

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 Post subject: Brief update
PostPosted: Fri Dec 03, 2010 10:01 am 
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At present the only forthcoming information is that the piece in question was obtained in Guizhou and labelled as Miao.


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I think it is possible that the quilt covers posted by Elizabeth and Iain are made by the Han Chinese of Hunan province. If you look at the thread that includes stencil resist: http://www.tribaltextiles.info/communit ... php?t=1096 you can see the quilt covers of dragons, phoenix and quilin all have a line of what look like trees around the edge, the same as on Elizabeth and Iain’s covers, suggesting they were made by the same group. Not conclusive, but perhaps of interest! These are definitely not Raojia quilts.


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