A Cloud for a Robe, Rainbows for Tassels.

Someone sits in a mountain vale A robe of clouds, rainbows for tassels The fragrant forest is the place to live The road has been long and difficult With a heart full of doubt and regret A life has passed and nothing has been accomplished Others call it failure I stand alone devoted to this Cold Mountain life.

Hanshan (also known as Cold Mountain)


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The idea of rainbows for tassels is quite delicious.

I saw these tassels for sale in San Lorenzo market – there seems to be a strong tradition of passementerie in Italy.

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Passementerie is the art of making decorative trimming such as tassels, braid, and fringing, used on furniture and clothing (e.g. military uniforms.)

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Epaulettes for sale at the Sant’Ambrogio flea market.

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Ball and tassels fringing on the curtains in the Palazzo Pitti.

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Faded remnants of past splendour.

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Braid – “in twisted braids of Lillies knitting, the loose train of thy amber dropping” although I know this refers to Sabrina’s fabulous hair in the poem by Milton this golden brown braid seemed to fit right in.

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A rather tawdry heap of ecclesiastical cast offs.

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Not a tassel at all but a representation of a human muscle using thread from the Museo Galileo.

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Even scientific manuscripts are not too sensible to have a bit of trimming on them.

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These last are wooden carved tassels that hung from chandeliers. They remind me of chess pieces.

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About pennimania

Artist, entomologist, grumbler.
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