Kesi – Chinese Tapestry – Definition

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

p4A ItemID F7986302
Large silk kesi embroidery of herons and deities, China, 19th or 20th century

p4A ItemID F7981783
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

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 http://www.britannica.com/eb/topic-320705/kesi.) March 2013


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