"Weaving Kesi Imperial Silk Embroidered With Silver Thread, China, Ming Dynasty (signature)"Kesi weaving (Two available, they are inverted) Imperial yellow silk illustrated with silver wire of a 5-claw heavenly dragon spitting fire on a carp coiled in bubbling waves. The border is enhanced by a frieze decorated with Buddhist symbols. China, Ming Dynasty 1368 to 1644. (Signature embroidered in the solar circle) Framed under glass 64x64cm./Textile only 56cm x 56 cm; The Kosseu or the weaving of silk kesi is a very old technique. From the Song, a dynasty that ruled between 960 and 1127 and the Yuan, 1279-1368, the kesi that were thus woven were always reserved for the imperial families. Clothes were woven for emperors and empresses, their portraits were woven as well as the calligraphic and pictorial works of the great artists. Kesi silk is known for the refinement of its manufacture, its elegance and its splendor, a technique that allows an outline of the pattern where there are variations of colors. Moreover, thanks to its resistance to the touch, friction, wiping and washing, it is also recognized as "eternal fabric". Works of kesi silk are always of great aesthetic value and carry cultural information. In other words, the technique of weaving kesi silk is an important part of traditional culture and therefore has its own cultural and scientific values. Under the Ming, kesi weaving has improved and its fame came mainly from its imperial robes with dragon pattern and silk portraits. The works which they have bequeathed to us and which are now preserved by various museums have not been surpassed by any other work, especially at the artistic level. Especially since in their time, their techniques were already very elaborate. From design to structure, from technique to art, they have shown ingenuity and subtlety. This is why we believe they are the best of this ancestral art. "The imperial family was still the biggest consumer of kesi, from the dragon's robe of the emperor to the curtains to the sheets, everything was kesi . He was therefore omnipresent at court, in everyday life.