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embroidery 2 W350xL350mm, China

A delicate embroidery of flowers with gold threads on a fine piece of silk.  An example of the school of Guangdong embroidery where different thread material is being used, gold, silver, horse hair and even threads made from peacock’s feather.

This item is a du dou, a traditional under garment which is made by the girl for their lover, husband and children.  The pattern on the this du dou seems to be cropped which might indicate that it was taken from a fine top garment, something that is far too precious to throw away even if certain part is torn.

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boxW70xD70xH30mm, Indonesia

A small box with the covered made from ikat fabric.

The technique of ikat dyeing starts before the actual weaving begins.  Certain yarn on the warp is wrapped up with thread or string.  When the dye applied to the warp, the wrapped up part form a resist to the dye.  Threads are then removed, leaving an area of undyed yarn.  It is then ready to be woven into cloth.  Because of the unevenness of the warp wrapping, the woven result has a characteristic ikat effect.

Ikat weaving is particularly laborious as the pattern is often pictorial, the warp has to be loaded on the weaving loom before carefully tying up the pattern.  After dying the warp has to be loaded but on the loom at the same location before weaving.

dollW130xH220mm, China

A gentle fabric doll dressed in indigo dye costume.

Here is the local designer Furze‘s abstract version.

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DIA150xH70mm, China

This is a hat for the new born baby, a blessing from the mother.

Three different fruits are embroidered on the top of the hat (click on the links for more stories about the symbolism);
Peach – symbolizes longevity,
Promegranate – symbolizes fertility,
Buddha’s Finger – symbolizes happiness.

Embroidered n the back flap are the symbols of;
the word “壽” – longevity,
– “Swastika” – luck,
Double Bat – double blessing.

All the good thoughts from the mother to the child.

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W160xL120xH65mm, India

A wood carved stamp for printing pattern on fabric in India, a bunta.

Wonder what the pattern will look like with this stencil?

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W220xH300mm, Hong Kong

Dragon is a symbol for the Chinese emperor.  It is believed that a long long time ago, the emperor he asked for a cauldron to be made as a record of his achievement.   Ceremony was organised for the revealing of the cauldron and all the citizen as well as the saints are invited.  The cauldron was over 3m tall, glittering bronze surface with a casting of a dragon flying through the cloud.  While everyone is admiring the cauldron, the sky darkened, looking up they saw a dragon flying towards cauldron.  Having completed all his tasks on earth, the emperor rode on the dragon and returned to the sky.

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W340xL340mm, China

This is fine piece of embroidery on silk.
A corner is trimmed back on this perfect square, a minimal cutting for the costume.
A Du Dou, a traditional undergarment.
The curve is placed on the collar with a string tied around the neck, strings from the two diagonal corners tied around the body.
Chrysanthemum and peony flowers are the theme of the embroidery, symbolizing happiness and  wealth.

Here is a demonstration of how this is worn.
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toy tigerW80xL140xH100mm, Japan

Today is Tango no Sekku, Boy’s day, in Japan.  Along with the Koinobori (carp banner), figurines will be placed inside of the house.  It is believed that these figurines will protect the child; offering bravery and well being.

This is a lucky tiger –  Fuku Tora, made with cloth.

Comparing to the Chinese cloth tiger, it looks more innocent.

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L600mm, China

A wrapped around skirt of the Miao tribe.

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The Miao tribe made their own costume, fabric from scratch.
Starting from the plant, making threads, weaving, wax resist painting, dyeing, making a costume.

Please watch this amazing documentary about the Miao and the hemp, it is a million time better than I can describe in words.

shoesEuropean Size 41

The name “Thousand Layer Sole” came from the fact that the sole is made with numerous layer of cloth held together with rice glue and hand stitching.  It is a common way of making traditional shoes in China, according to the archaeologists the technique has been around since the Zhou dynasty (700 BC).

Click to see how it is made, maybe you can try making it at home!

And here is how mom has learnt it as a child.

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