Writing with Thread

Writing with Thread

Writing with Thread

While puttering this morning before settling into work I found a  link about this exhibit in a past Threads magazine. It’s over now, but the work that’s available to see intrigues.  A quote from the site reads:

Needle, thread and cloth are to the ethnic minorities in Southwest China, are what pen, ink and paper are to are to mainstream Han culture. Most of the minority groups were semi-nomadic peoples without
written languages of their own. Traditions and customs were passed orally from generation to generation. However, the textile arts, portable and lightweight, served as visual records of a group’s ethno-history. A Jingpo minority saying states, “The tubular skirts are our almanac; they were words of our ancestors.” Old generations can “read” from the woven or embroidered garb the stories of ancestral descent, migration, religion and spiritual communication.

I don’t find this at all different from what I’m seeing going on around me now, although the stories and contexts may be very different. There’s probably a lot of spiritual communication.

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