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Kesi is a traditional Chinese silk-tapestry making method. This antique 16th century tapestry represents a dragon, whose iconography was linked to the imperial realm under the Ming dynasty's rule. Here, the dragon presents five claws which is usually associated with imperial nobles, whereas the five-claws dragon was a prerogative of the emperor.
"Kesi" means "cut silk", as the technique uses short lengths of weft thread that are tucked into the textile. Each color is woven from a separate bobbin and the interruption of the weft remains visible at a point of colour transition, causing the textile to appear as if carved by an incision.
Courtesy of Galleria Moshe Tabibnia
16th Century, China
Tapestry: 41 x 29 cm
Frame: 49 x 36 cm
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