Bei-Dai: The Art of Mother Love, Baby Carriers from Southwest China

Friday, November 1, 2013

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Photographs by Brian Lombardo

Tonight was the opening of "Bei-Dai,” which means "baby carriers" in Chinese. These remarkably beautiful handwoven and stitched "pockets" are used by minorities in Southwest China. They are heavily imbued with symbolism, often wrapped in joy and omens for good health and longevity for the precious cargo they are meant to carry. "Worthy of special note is the fact that the visual patterns are endowed with a certain magic power and become a kind of protective talisman . . . they are the art of mother-love." –Yu Ya-wan. The exhibit runs through December 12.

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