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Fragment of a hanging or cover
China, mid 19th century
Silk, peacock feathers, metallic wrapped yarn; embroidered The Textile Museum 51.30 Acquired by George Hewitt Myers in 1940 Photo by Renée Comet

A uniquely Chinese solution to the quest for green textiles was the  incorporation of peacock feathers. A master embroiderer created the  iridescent green background on this fabric with silk threads wrapped in  peacock feather filaments. Laborious and costly, peacock feather  embroidery was reserved for use in the highest social and religious  contexts. This fragment likely formed part of a lavish hanging or cover  for a Buddhist ritual, as its colorful patterning depicts the “eight  precious things” of the Buddhist faith: double fish, canopy, endless  knot, lotus, vase, conch, umbrella, and the wheel of law.

(via Green: the Color and the Cause)

Fragment of a hanging or cover

China, mid 19th century

Silk, peacock feathers, metallic wrapped yarn; embroidered
The Textile Museum 51.30
Acquired by George Hewitt Myers in 1940
Photo by Renée Comet

A uniquely Chinese solution to the quest for green textiles was the incorporation of peacock feathers. A master embroiderer created the iridescent green background on this fabric with silk threads wrapped in peacock feather filaments. Laborious and costly, peacock feather embroidery was reserved for use in the highest social and religious contexts. This fragment likely formed part of a lavish hanging or cover for a Buddhist ritual, as its colorful patterning depicts the “eight precious things” of the Buddhist faith: double fish, canopy, endless knot, lotus, vase, conch, umbrella, and the wheel of law.

(via Green: the Color and the Cause)

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