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Knotty Estian Jessica Tai is interviewed.

Family Day at the Princeton University Art Museum was May 16, 2009 where Asian art and culture was the theme and Chinese knotting (among other things) was demonstrated.

Franciscans use the knots on their belts as reminders. Gee, I always thought it was more ceremonial/spiritual than that.

Using knots for evil. Killing women with clove hitches. Read about the doings of a serial killer at the following link.


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pink tree flowers.  cherry?white tree flowers.  cherry?The Cherry Blossom Festival is a strange event with no fixed date. It's not even like a solstice or something related to the lunar calendar, it's when the cherry blossoms decide to fall on a given year. Vancouver's Cherry Blossom Festival is officially designated as March 28 - April 24, at least this year (2009), but on my street, the flowers hadn't fallen even by the last day of April. That said, it's entirely possible that the trees I had my eye on weren't cherry trees at all. My grasp of things botanical is fairly weak as befits the owner of a black thumb of death.

Upcoming event:
April 18 & 19: World Folk Art Festival at the Washington State History Museum ,1911 Pacific Ave in Tacoma. Twenty master folk artists will provide demonstrations of their work and hands-on activities during this two-day festival. Enjoy performances, talk to master artists and learn about world folk arts traditions and these Pacific Northwest artists. Participate in folk arts traditions such as Japanese Kabuki dancing, Chinese knot tying, Yakama bead working, Latvian embroidery and much more. All activities are FREE with Museum admission.

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an attempt at a bunny head modified using a good luck knot with inset ears So, I had this image in my mind of an abstract-ish rabbit with a nice triangular face and long ears. So I tied a triangular good luck knot with inset ears.

paracord dog collar Events
April 6-10 was China Week at Miami University organized by the Confucius Institute at Miami University and Liaoning Normal University in Dalian, China. Activities included Chinese knotting demonstrations (via).

Kumihimo site, Trishlan Designs, talks Chinese knotting.

Cassy Munronaka compares and contrasts Chinese knotting with Korean knotting.

Return to the Center blogs about restringing an antique rosary on Chinese knotting cord (looks like the braided 1mm variety) along with a few barrel knots.

Mathematical Knots

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a braided stainless steel wire necklace Events
April 16, 2009: The Quinte Arts Council and the John M. Parrott Art Gallery present another Third Thursday Culture Jam event. The Quinte Needlearts Guild with the Belleville Weavers and Spinners have planned an interactive program where you can participate in the creation of pieces of art for use anywhere but on your wall. The program will feature Kumihimo, the art of Japanese braiding.

April 24, 2009: a kumihimo workshop for kids (10 and up) at the Naples Library in Naples, NY

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Notes:... that is certainly not the case when it comes to samurai armour!

The agemaki knots on the chest and back of a suit of armour, were actually functional, not decorative knots. Some of the lacing from pieces of armour would be attached to the agemaki, helping to stabilize them.

Text: samurai armour for man and boy

samurai armour with a number of knots hanging on it

Annotations: Images of samurai armour are easy to come by on the 'net. The second one (and possibly the first) are from Winter Japanese Art.

If you want to know more about samurai armour and the cords that bind them together, you'll want to have a look at Samurai Undressed by Jacqui Carey. It's out of print now, so interlibrary loan is likely your best bet..

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Notes: The Japanese aesthetic is much less exuberant. It is sometimes characterized as simple or peaceful, although....

Text: 仕覆 (shifuku, tea bag knots)

tea bag tied with an iris knot

Annotations: I'm going to get all pedantic here because I need reminding myself regularly and I don't think it will hurt you... 8)

仕覆 is Kanji(漢字), Chinese style ideographs (characters). Note: If ever you're looking at text that looks Chinese but see this の swoopy thing, it is a dead give away that you are looking at Japanese and not Chinese.

shifuku is Romanji, Japanese rendered in Roman (Latin) characters.

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Notes: Clothing, sedan chairs (or palanquins), jewelry, accessories, etc, etc. Nothing could not be improved by a good tassel, especially one with knots. This is a “bai” (tribe) wedding collar.

Text: and everything in between

knotted tasseled bai wedding collar

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Notes: They also decorated everything that didn’t move: room screens, chairs or thrones, all kinds of furniture were fair game for knotted tassels

Text: Everything that Didn’t

image of a tassel hanging from a wall screen

Annotation: Scanned from Lydia Chen's Chinese Knotting 3, the image is one of the imperial throne room with the gilded furniture further decorated with knotted tassels. The picture is a little grainy and low contrast, so I highlighted the knots.

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