Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Terracotta Warriors

Someone called the Terracotta Warriors the Eighth Wonder of the World and the Government has built a suitable tourist attraction out of it. There is no as much to see as you might imagine and what there is has been pieced together like a 3D jigsaw.

Afterwards we visited Banpo which is a Neolithic site very well done. Difficult to give a flavour of it but here is a model of what a pottery kiln looked like.

Went to a Tang Dynasty Dance Show last night which owed more to Bollywood than China.

I see that I missed out the Monastery at Xiahe which is in Tibet. So here are some yellow hats and a flower made from butter.

Today it is going round the walls of Xian and off to Shanghai in the evening. I have got to the 'I'd like to go home' stage and I really miss cheese.

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I am weaver and - -. I dye my yarns with acid dyes, I paint my warps, put fabric collages and stencils on my weaving. I have three looms, a 12 inch wide, 12 shaft Meyer for demos and courses, a 30 inch Louet Kombo which is nominally portable but has a stand, two extra beams and a home-made device containing a fan reed. And last a 32 shaft Louet Megado which is computer controlled, has a sectional warp and a second warp beam and I am the proud owner of an AVL warping wheel which I love to bits and started by drilling holes in. I inserted a device for putting a cross in. I have just acquired an inkle loom and had a lesson from an expert so I can watch TV and weave at the same time. I am interested in weaving with silk mostly 60/2 although I do quite a bit with 90/2 silk. I also count myself as a bookbinder with a special interest in Coptic binding.