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Women ironing a completed bolt of silk cloth. Detail from Court Ladies Preparing Newly-woven Silk, a painted silk handscroll attributed to Emperor Hui Tsung, Sung Dynasty, early 12th century, after a work by a T ang Dynasty artist of the 8th century


Women ironing a completed bolt of silk cloth. Detail from Court Ladies Preparing Newly-woven Silk, a painted silk handscroll attributed to Emperor Hui Tsung, Sung Dynasty, early 12th century, after a work by a T ang Dynasty artist of the 8th century


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Women ironing a completed bolt of silk cloth. Detail from Court Ladies Preparing Newly-woven Silk, a painted silk handscroll attributed to Emperor Hui Tsung, Sung Dynasty, early 12th century, after a work by a T ang Dynasty artist of the 8th century

CHINA: SILK MANUFACTURE.
Women ironing a completed bolt of silk cloth. Detail from Court Ladies Preparing Newly-woven Silk, a painted silk handscroll attributed to Emperor Hui Tsung, Sung Dynasty, early 12th century, after a work by a T ang Dynasty artist of the 8th century

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12th Century 8th Century Bolt China Chinese Detail Dress Emperor Fabric Hairstyle Handscroll Heater Holding Ironing Maker Manufacture Scarf Scroll Silk Sung Dynasty Upper Class


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This print captures a moment in ancient Chinese history, showcasing the intricate process of silk manufacture. The image showcases women diligently ironing a completed bolt of silk cloth, as depicted in the painted silk handscroll attributed to Emperor Hui Tsung from the Sung Dynasty. The attention to detail is remarkable, with each woman carefully tending to their task. Their elegant hairstyles and attire reflect the fashion of the time, providing us with a glimpse into the lives of upper-class women during this period. The artwork itself is an homage to a Tang Dynasty artist from the 8th century, highlighting both artistic influence and continuity across centuries. It serves as a testament to China's rich cultural heritage and its mastery in fabric production. Silk was highly prized during this era for its luxurious texture and vibrant colors. This particular scene depicts not only skilled workers but also emphasizes their role as makers of fine art. The scroll's composition draws our attention to every aspect: from the heater used for ironing to the delicate scarves held by these talented women. As we admire this piece, we are transported back in time - witnessing firsthand how craftsmanship and creativity were interwoven into everyday life. It reminds us that even centuries ago, dedication and skill were valued attributes essential for producing such exquisite textiles that continue to captivate audiences today.

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