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Yao Wedding Blanket

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Textiles: Pre 1970: Item # 1346293

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Very eclectic textile from the Jianghua Yao Autonomous County, Hunan Province. This has a poem written by Mao Tse Tung woven into it written in simplified characters but using the traditional right to left in vertical columned style. “Boundless twilight, I look at pine trees/Chaotic clouds flying overhead, yet still relaxed/ I am born into this cave of Faeries/ The scenery runs endlessly, into steep mountains” This poem has been discussed in some internet forums about the writings of Mao and it may be an allusion to making love and possibly written may have even be been written by Madam Mao (Jiang Qing). It was written in 1961, published in 1963 being attributed to Mao himself. I know of two other blankets from this region with Cultural Revolutionary slogans but as this one seems to evoke a more of romantic imagery befitting a wedding blanket it was most likely woven between 1964 and 1966. This is constructed with three panels in all hand spun cotton tread and natural indigo dyes. The blue border seems to be original with the piece. W: 82cm/32in and L: 118cm/46.4in (without border) and W: 120cm/47in and L: 156cm (with border). There are a few small holes where the weft threads have broken on the reverse side but almost impossible to notice on the front and a small area pulled at of the seams.