Treasure from a Far Away Land


I thought I'd start the week off with a burst of colour!!
I recently received this wall hanging from Gbf's parents. They picked it up on a trip to China 20 years ago. A treasure from a far away land!! 
To give you an idea of the size , it measures 30x 51 inches.

How wonderful are those circles with their folded triangles edges. They remind me of prairie point binding or pine burr quilts.



Upon my first glance I thought the animals surrounding the circles represented the Chinese astrological signs.

There's a tiger

a Rooster


But then there's some animals that I'm really not sure of. Does anyone recognise this animal? A squirrel that is angry because his tail has been cut off , perhaps?? 


The flip side is even more colourful!!

and even more wonderfully wonky.  

If you look closely you'll notice the critters are creepy crawlies, spiders, scorpions, snakes. 

A side view shows how their little bodies are 3D.

Every type of fabric has been used - cotton, linen, varieties of polyester, corduroy and even some stretch knit. 

The blocks have been stabilised with paper. I know this because the paper has been left inside!! It stiffens the wall hanging and gives it a very papery rustling sound if you handle it. 

So there you have it, The Chinese wall hanging or as I prefer to call it
The Great Wall Hanging Of China.
 How lucky am I to have it hanging in my hallway!

Treasure from a Far Away Land

28 comments

  1. Such a wonderful treasure. You are so lucky.

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  2. Very very lucky! Both sides are wonderful, though I think I prefer the crazy back. Do you flip it back and forward in your hallway, as the mood takes you? Or do you have a preferred side?

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  3. Oh what a wonderful gift! A friend loaned me a Chinese quilt like the backside of this one (loved it, wanted to keep it) but I've never seen anything like the front. Lucky you! Enjoy!

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  4. That is an incredible conversation piece! So many dimensional details. It's just amazing.

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  5. What an inspiring piece! Thanks for starting my Monday with such a great blast of color and ingenuity.

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  6. Oh my! I've never seen anything like this before. The detail is incredible!!

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  7. I love all the critters on that hanging - they are very amusing. It must make your hallway even more cheerful! I have no idea what the angry tailless squirrel is though.

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  8. Very colorful and interesting! What a lovely gift--one that keeps on giving I bet!

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  9. That was a very nice gift, I like the flip side. Great wall hanging of China..LOL

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  10. Oooh, how cool! Love the name too ;o)

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  11. Absolutely amazing! You are very lucky to receive this beauty!

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  12. What a treasure! I think I love the back the most- all those 3D critters and pretty shapes!

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  13. I wonder if your unrecognisable animal is supposed to be a turtle?

    What an amazing piece this is!

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  14. What a wonderful unique gift! I love the scorpion.

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  15. I know what that animal is. It's me. When I wake up in the morning before I've had enough sleep. It's beautiful Rachael - I love the name you have given it!

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  16. Have you made the hallway larger? I don't know how you would fit another thing in, although I can see why you find room! It is so wild in its colouring. Pretty great gift.

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  17. Fascinating. Love the colour.
    You will have to report back if you find out what those animals are.

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  18. Wow! lucky you. what a fun and interesting wall hanging to study and appreciate.
    I love the animals and the bugs too.
    Enjoy your new treasure, I know you will!!

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  19. This is quite a treasure, Rachael! Do you turn it around every couple of months? I'm not sure which side I like better!

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  20. wow!! That is SO cool. :) I might be jealous.

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  21. It's gorgeous, Rachael! Just amazing!

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  22. Wow, wow, wow Rachael....stunning and then you turned the quilt over....a beautiful piece! Always a burst of colour when I visit!

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  23. Interesting wall hanging! I love the name;). My best guess is zodiac signs too, although the angry squirrel looks kind of like a turtle sitting and I'm pretty sure turtle isn't a sign. Either way, you have a real treasure!

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  24. I want one too! You are lucky Rachael! It's a beautiful wall-hanging! And by the way, I forgot to mention in one of your earlier posts, Your hallway with quilts hanging is absolutely stunning art gallery!

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  25. What a wonderful treasure to have been given to you. I think the "creatures" are super cute. Its interesting to study how another culture makes things and their designs.

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  26. Am just loving the Great Wall Hanging of China (I was thinking it should be called that .... and then I read that you actually were ! Great minds!). Thanks for a much needed burst of colour on a very horrid grey day in England. xCathy

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