Keeping Tin Embroidery Alive
Ge Ba, textile collage by Chinese Women
Found in moowon an amazing article about textile collage prepared by Chinese women living in the countryside.
The testimony about this making shared in the article is amazing.
“When I was a kid, my mother was making collages. She always kept aside the cloths she found. When the time came to make it, she first sorted all the cloth on a paper to the right and left to see if the colors were in harmony, then she began to glue them when she was satisfied with the colors. And that’s how a work of art was born. When the weather was nice, the women of the village gathered at the entrance of a house to work together while chatting. And the collage became a real competition between the women. The one who made the most beautiful collage was like a champion who would have won a grand prize for sport.” (San Paolo, Brazil in 2002, Xin Yang, retired director of the Museum of the Forbidden City)
The women of the countryside, who created these pieces that others considered banal and rustic, were not in pursuit of creating masterpieces. Their hearts and desires simply sought beauty.
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