Category: Stitchery

Essays I have written on textile history, embellishment technique and Asian-centric DIY articles including a Tibetan tent and a Mongolian boot! Documents are available via pdf download.

Making a Tibetan Maikhan

The peaked roof of the 13th century maikhan was supported by a ridgepole, supported in turn by two upright poles. Guy ropes were made of yak hair and adorned with prayer flags, which served to both mark the guy ropes (notorious trip hazards), and to send prayers to heaven for the Buddhist inhabitants.

Replicating a Kingfisher Feather Hairpin

“…many beauties take the air by the Ch’ang waterfront… their embroidered silk robes in the spring sun are gleaming… and hanging far down from their temples are blue leaves of delicate kingfisher feathers…”

from “A Song of Fair Women” by Tu Fu