Kesi – Chinese Tapestry – Definition

Chinese Kesi panel of the Daoist Pantheon, probably 19th century

p4A ItemID F7986302
Chinese Kesi Panel, probably 19th c., woven in slit‑weave technique and couched metallic threads with a hanging basket of chrysanthemums, mounted as a hanging scroll

p4A ItemID F7969339
FRAMED CHINESE KESI ROBE, with five-claw dragon, China, 19th century

p4A ItemID F7962469
Two Chinese painted silk kesi panels, early to mid 20th century

p4A ItemID F7956192

Kesi Definition

A Kesi is a finely-woven Chinese pictorial silk tapestry. The name, which means “cut silk”, comes from the “visual illusion of cut threads that is created by distinct, unblended areas of colour.” (Information obtained from March 2013

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