A few months ago I had an unexpected phone call, inviting me to be the guest speaker at the Mandurah Antiques and Collectables Club.
I've been collecting Chinese textiles since living in Singapore in 2000.
In the past I've approached the WA Embroiderer's Guild numerous times, to display them, but no-one has ever taken me up on the offer, which has been disappointing.
One of the highlights of collecting, is to be able to show them to other people and share the joy of them, and also to educate, so it was a wonderful surprise when the invitation from the A&C Club arrived.
Yesterday was the big day, and what a lovely group of people they were. I was bowled over by the enthusiasm and appreciation of these people, they made me so welcome and showed such a lot of interest, that I went home on a high.
Below ia a close up of some of the amazing embroidery on another child's hat. Although this piece has faded over the years since it was originally made, you can still see glimpses of the intense green silk lining and imagine how vibrant it would have been.
Below are a pair of lotus shoes ... not quite the tiny 3" golden lillies, but still small, none-the-less. I also have two pairs of lotus slippers, all exquisitely hand embroidered with silk. Yet as beautiful as they are, its bitter-sweet to imagine the painful bound feet that would have worn them.