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Boxes Response

Part 1:

The box contains and represents the tools needed in order for a woman to be considered a good wife and daughter-in-law. The boxes often had symbols on them to represent luck in their marriage. The domestic sphere was specific to women and they were taught skills such as sewing and needlework from a young age to encourage their talents. Even in America, sewing and knitting is considered to be a “woman’s” thing, but is not considered a necessary skill in order to reflect on one’s marriage capability. Its significance was also based upon how they were passed down from mother to daughter when the daughter is married, but nowadays it is uncommon for this to happen and the boxes are available in markets rather than being homemade. The fact that sewing was an important skill to have as a woman emphasizes the roles between men and women at the time, specifically how the women were expected to do all of the domestic duties- such as mending/making clothing, etc. Now sewing is used more as artistic expression versus being needed in order to survive.

 

Part 2: Jimenez Nacario

The boxes he makes is more based on representing the passage of time and how things have changed. Each box is made to complement each other. He uses bold colors to represent different aspects such as red for blood and yellow for life. So while the Chinese boxes held things that they hoped would help the woman’s future, these boxes represent a past and present that already happened and don’t always show a happy “future”. Also, the boxes can represent more things than just one specific aspect, his boxes showed things such as religion and war and conquest. The complementary aspect of the boxes connects to things such as the complementary nature of man and woman and the upper, middle, and lower worlds.

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Chinese needle and thread boxes

The box contains and represents the tools needed in order for a woman to be considered a good wife and daughter-in-law. The boxes often had symbols on them to represent luck in their marriage. The domestic sphere was specific to women and they were taught skills such as sewing and needlework from a young age to encourage their talents. Even in America, sewing and knitting is considered to be a “woman’s” thing, but is not considered a necessary skill in order to reflect on one’s marriage capability. Its significance was also based upon how they were passed down from mother to daughter when the daughter is married, but nowadays it is uncommon for this to happen and the boxes are available in markets rather than being homemade. The fact that sewing was an important skill to have as a woman emphasizes the roles between men and women at the time, specifically how the women were expected to do all of the domestic duties- such as mending/making clothing, etc. Now sewing is used more as artistic expression versus being needed in order to survive.

Jimenez Nacario

The boxes he makes is more based on representing the passage of time and how things have changed. Each box is made to complement each other. He uses bold colors to represent different aspects such as red for blood and yellow for life. So while the Chinese boxes held things that they hoped would help the woman’s future, these boxes represent a past and present that already happened and don’t always show a happy “future”. Also, the boxes can represent more things than just one specific aspect, his boxes showed things such as religion and war and conquest. The complementary aspect of the boxes connects to things such as the complementary nature of man and woman and the upper, middle, and lower worlds.

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Collecting Embroidered Insoles

Collecting things that are unique and new is an ongoing trend in the world these days. For example the sneackerhead generation is an ongoing trend of collecting unique and uncommon shoes. Collectors look for shoes will certain qualities like, “Shoes that have the most value are usually exclusive or limited editions. Also certain color schemes may be rarer relative to others in the same sneaker, inflating desirability and value. Recently, sneaker customs, or one-of-a-kind sneakers that have been hand-painted, have become popular as well,” (Wikipedia, sneakerheads). Some other things that are starting to be collected because they are unique, hand-made, and one of a kind are embroidered insole. These unique designs come from local Chinese and daily life. They are hand made with a just a needle and thread and every design has a different meaning and understanding behind it. Some examples are the combination of dragon and phoenix is the symbol of the highest mascot and the combination of pine and crane implies good wishes for a long life and so on. “These are not just insoles used to cushion one’s feet; today, they are also a Chinese folk art that has value to collectors,” (Li Ruo Fen). This is a new art work that collectors are starting to grasp and save. Starting in the Eastern Han Dynasty embroidered soles have been around for a long time and will continue to be around for a very long time, but are just now starting to be collected and will continue to be collected for a long time in the future.

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Collecting of Shoes

 

While looking at China vine, it was very interesting to see the different patters and designs that they have created. These embroidery insoles are very popular in china and are very time consuming to produce. Because of this, people enjoyed collecting these and wearing them to wedding ceremonies. Although the art is very unique and beautiful, these aren’t the shoes I would particularly collect/wear. The shoes that I collect/wear are not based on American culture, and do not have a set meaning, yet express what I believe represents modern day culture. These embroidery insoles come from the local Chinese culture and everyday life. This allows for an amazing collectors item in the Chinese culture, were as my reasoning for buying/collecting shoes is because they look cool. I do have personal connections with some shoes that I own; yet the physical art doesn’t seem to show symbolism.

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AAD252 Week 3B Part2

After read the article “Insole embroidery: Overview—Introduction” and “Insole embroidery: Overview—Insole Designs.” I find the connection between Chinese insole embroidery and footwear, there are some hidden messages in footwear, and there also are some hidden messages in Chinese insole embroidery. Chinese insole embroidery is origin from Tang Dynasty. It is all hand made, and only can be used by noble and very wealthy people. So at first, as I wrote in part 1, Chinese insole embroidery can show the status of people just like footwear. During the development of society, Chinese insole embroidery become more and more popular in China and almost people can use it. There are also some hidden messages in Chinese insole embroidery. First of all, Chinese insole embroidery is a form to convey the love and blessing from the designers to the users. Then, wherever people go, if they wear this kind of insole which is made by their family, they will always feel the warm of the family. Finally, the Chinese insole embroidery expresses the culture of China. We can observe the details of Chinese insole embroidery; it is very different from other kinds of insole. The silk thread of the embroidery can massage our foot gently, so it is good for our heath. The pattern on the insole always shows the traditional images of China such as Kylin, dragon and some special symbols and we also can distinguish the gender from these different patterns. For example, the dragons are always be appeared on men’s insole, and phoenix always be showed on women’s insole. In all, Chinese insole embroidery is not only a way to make insole, it is a way to show art to all the people. But there is a question here, the craft of Chinese insole embroidery is almost be submerged by some modern technologies, how can we make Chinese insole embroidery keep working in our society?

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AAD252: Insole Embroidery

Topics: Art Form Tags: Embroidery | Insoles

The embroidered insoles are so amazing and beautiful! It takes time, creativity, and manual technique to finish one single pair. After reading the introduction and the overview, I noticed that such insoles are related to fashion. In the past, people could get a pair from street fair, and they would only wear them for big events. Also, it related to gendered ideals of beauty because the design of the embroidery men and women choose would be totally different. For example, in Chinese culture, maybe a woman would choose to have a lighter silky insole with phoenix or flowers embroidered on it. However, a man might prefer a dragon on his insoles. The different design represents the tastes of the people who made the choice.

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AAD252 Insole Embroidery (fengyu dang)

As a Chinese, I believe that all of us are familiar with Insole Embroidery.In my memory, if the shoes is too big for me, my mother will buy a pair of insole embroidery for me. The insole embroidery is very common in Chinese daily life. At the beginning, I thought it was a kind of tool which can make the shoes comfortable for us. However, the different embroidery has different meanings. For instance, it may show the best wishes to people. Comparing with the high-heeled shoes, the insole embroidery may have more Chinese elements and historical culture. The insole embroidery may not catch up with fashion, it is a Chinese traditional craftsmanship and it shows the Chinese folk people’s knowledge.

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shutes-AAD 250

Insole embroidery truly demonstrates the artwork behind a shoe. Shoes aren’t simply just a piece of material you put on your foot, they often can tell a story about an individual. Depending on what kind of shoe a person has on one can often get a generalized idea of that person’s status, their interests, if they are a businessman/woman, if they are more sporty or fashionista and so on. Embroidered insoles in modern China go beyond this though and can depict the bonding between family members, lovers and friends. As Yuchen writes, “Women embedded their affection into every thread and every stitch to form resplendent patterns, entrusting her sentiments to the insole.” I think American society puts more emphasis on what a shoe can portray to public while China’s embroidered insoles have a much more intimate relationship with the maker and owner. These shoes are made to show love and family bonding while shoes like Christian Louboutin’s display status. I think the key difference lies in the fact that American’s put so much emphasis on conformity and trying to “fit-in” rather than promoting individuality.

 

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AAD 252 — Assignment 3B — Insole Embroidery vs. Westernization

As the discussed reasons that makes the connection between the comfort level and the price of the pair of shoes. It is safe to say that the almost every aspect of art design related to a pair of shoes has been commercialized, expect the art of Insole Embroidery. The Insole Embroidery is a type of art which were not always shown to people. For this reason, it is a unique form of artistic representation of what people wish for in their lives, like good luck or good fortune, without showing or display the social status and wealth of the person who is wearing it. It was original generated from Chinese culture and haven’t change any from the trend of westernization in Asian.

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AAD 252 Insole Embroidery(Binglu Zhang)

I’m a Chinese student, and I really have personal experience on the insole embroidery. In the first 10 years of my life, I always use the insole embroidery in my shoes, the insole embroidery was made by my grandma. I think most chinese kid who was born during 1990s had the same experience about the insole embroidery.It is more comfortable and beautiful than the insole we use todays. There have a situation about the insole embroidery in China,fewer and fewer people can make the insole embroidery, most insole embroidery maker are old people. There are very few young people want to learn this skill, once these old maker gone, the skill of insole embroidery will also lost. I hope more and more people can pay attention on this, and more young people to inherit it.

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