Vintage Framed Chinese Nanjing Yun Brocade with Dragon Design
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This 4.5” square of Nanjing Yun Brocade has an exquisite dragon design woven on a blue silk background. Beautifully matted and framed, this rare piece of Chinese art can be hung on the wall, displayed on a table or desk, or kept as a unique coffee table piece in its satin-lined folder. The frame measures 11” square. With its origins dating back as far as the 3rd century, Nanjing Yun Brocade is China's most expensive and exquisite folk art. During the Yuan (1206-1368), Ming (1306-1644), and Qing (1616-1911) dynasties, this silk fabric was worn exclusively by the Imperial family and highest government officials. Other classes were forbidden from wearing the brocade. The dragon robes worn by emperors were made entirely with brocade woven with gold and silver threads and took thirteen years each to complete. During the Qing Dynasty, an inch of Nanjing brocade was said to have the same value as the same amount of gold. By the end of the Qing Dynasty, the skills were nearly lost. In 1949, only four spinning jacquards remained in Nanjing. At present, the manual process of weaving Nanjing brocade cannot be replaced by modern machines. Only a few centimeters of brocade can be woven per shift by the two operators of the room-sized spinning jacquard.
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