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Textiles and miscelaneous

Textile and especially silk plays a key role in Chinese art.

For centuries, the Chinese have been the only to know how to do silk. The quality and beauty of Chinese silk has always fascinated the West, which managed to discover it very late. Thus, from ancient Rome, precious silks were brought at great expense from China by the Silk Road.
Chinese weavers have developed over the centuries many weaving and decorative techniques: brocades, embroidery ...
The kosseu (kesi) is a tapestry technique that emerged during the Tang Dynasty (618-907), which reached its peak during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and lasted until the end of the 19th century. Its extreme complexity and technicality made it as textile reserved for imperial use.
Imperial robes decorated with five-claws dragons and with the twelve imperial symbols bear witness to the extreme codification of the Forbidden City.