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Magnificent Hainan Weavings

The idea of the Russian dolls that we saw in our childhoods was intriguing. Each painted wooden doll was hollow and could be opened at the horizontal centre. And when it was opened we discovered another doll inside it. And another inside that. The one we had in our display cabinet – that I was allowed to play with occasionally had 7 nested dolls. Nested Russian dolls.

Run Li weavings from Hainan too have a similar concept – there are larger and smaller figures.

But in the case of Run Li weavings the figures are not nested. Instead the drawing of each figure comprises of other figures. Here is an example:

The 2 illustrated images highlight the figures within figures that I’ve noticed in the image above.

ANTIQUE RUN LI CHINA ETHNIC MINORITY HAINAN TRADITIONAL SKIRT TEXTILES WEAVING FIGURATIVE MOTIFS

How many can you find?

Want to see more of this textile Asset 1615 or more Hainan weavings?

Here’s the link: Hainan Weavings

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jm

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