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Tapestry-woven textile of silk, or of silk and metal thread, woven in a pictorial design, commonly used for Chinese textiles. The term means "cut silk," referring to the visual illusion that is created by distinct, unblended areas of color resembling cut threads. The earliest surviving examples date from the Tang dynasty (618-907); it was popular during China's Southern Song period (1127-1279), and from the Ming period (1368-1644) through the end of the Qing dynasty in 1912. The kesi technique was often used to copy famous paintings.




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