Chinese Women's Group create textiles

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After the visit to Temple Newsam House, the artist ran three textile workshops with the group to make a wall hanging. At the first session, the women talked about the kind of things they liked to make and showed some examples.

 

One of the group members brought in this baby carrier that she made. Each of the triangles represents long life. Another woman brought in a traditional rice parcel she made. The parcel contains cloth, wrapped in banana leaves and tied with string in a special way. The parcel would normally contain rice and is used at the Dragon Boat Festival. This Festival, held in Hong Kong is also known as the Tuen Ng Festival. It commemorates the death of a popular Chinese national hero, Qu Yuan, who drowned himself in the Mi Lo River over 2,000 years ago to protest against the corrupt rulers. Legend says that as townspeople attempted to rescue him, they beat drums to scare fish away and threw dumplings into the sea to keep the fish from eating Qu Yuan's body.

 




 
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