Sunday, February 12, 2012

I've recently returned from a four month stay in Beijing, China. During an architectural trip to the Great Wall at Mutianyu, I took a moment to look at quilts collected by the owners of the Schoolhouse Restaurant.

I was told the quilts were made by minority groups, however, there were no labels indicating which ones had made them.

Above is a quilt that seemed to be made of different silks, with some patches heavily embroidered, while others had no embroidery at all.

Here are close-ups of the hand embroidery.  Many minority groups now use machine embroidery and sell attractive (if you like very vivid colors) gifts using traditional patterns.

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