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Author : Verity Wilson
Publisher : V&A Publications
ISBN# : 185177438-6
Pages : 128
Price :INR 3135
Offer Price:INR 2790
 
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Book Description
This book tells many stories of Chinese life and legend through the sumptuous textiles that adorn its pages. It also shows how their visual brilliance and impressive workmanship were part of their allure for the Europeans who collected them and added their own stories to them. All the Chinese textiles in the V&A originally had a speicfic purpose, and it is those created for celebrations that dominate the selection in this book. Many pieces were made for birthdays and weddings, the latter providing occasions for splendid robes, palanquin hanging, quilts and bed curtains: several bear `picture of a hundred boys`, expressing the fervent wish for sons to carry on the family line. The Chinese reverence for age gives birthdays an added significance and inspired scenes of filial piety embroidered on scrolls and silk wall panels. Ceremonial textiles include cushions emblazoned with dragons to furnish the halls of imperial palaces, and banners and pictures depicting religious icons or dramatic exploits from antiquity, once and used to decorate temples.
 
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