I came across a new bit of textile vocabulary this afternoon – the word “kesi”. The online Encyclopedia Britannica has this entry for the word: Chinese silk tapestry woven in a pictorial design. The designation kesi, which means “cut silk,” derives from the visual illusion of cut threads that is created by distinct, unblended areas of colour. The example above is from Hong Kong’s Heritage Museum website. For me this fragment reiterates how difficult (or impossible) it is to form any mental grasp on the scope and dynamism of human history. If asked to guess a time period for this piece I would never come up with Han Dynasty (206 BC to 220 AD, as stated by the Heritage Museum site). If asked to guess an origin I would never come up with China.