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Subject  :  Curious appendages
Author  :  Patrick Weiler
Date  :  05-28-2000 on 12:39 a.m.
jpweil00@gte.net Steve, The one thing I noticed about the embroideries you present is the unusual emanations surrounding them. There are "branches", or "limbs" or "protuberances" surrounding each of the major figures on these embroideries. Is there a significance to this prickliness? Do the other two types of embroideries you mention, the dowry and funerary types, also incorporate such appendages? I do not recall other types of weavings with so many things sticking out. Being protective devices for children, is there some significance to the almost cactus-needle edges to the figures in the weavings? Curiously yours, Patrick Weiler

Subject  :  RE:Curious appendages
Author  :  Steve Price
Date  :  05-28-2000 on 07:46 a.m.
sprice@hsc.vcu.edu Dear Patrick, Blebs and spikes projecting from the main figures and motifs are pretty routine in Kaitag embroideries - not universal, but not at all unusual. It's significance is completely unknown (to me, at least), but I think it contributes to the wildly exuberant aesthetic effect these things convey. Steve Price

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