Sunday, 10 February 2013

Lanterns are out for Chinese New Year

Happy Chinese New Year! Also referred to as the Spring Festival, this auspicious occasion is a celebration of the first day of the first month in the Chinese lunar calendar.

All around the globe, people have organised events for the weekend and beyond. Particular symbols and themes unite all these celebrations: Dragons, lanterns, and the colour red are used in parades and parties from Shanghai to Melbourne to London.

According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2013 is the year of the snake and this symbol will be used in different ways throughout the festival. However other motifs such as lanterns are so symbolic of Chinese New Year celebrations you can be sure they are on display, irrespective of which of the 12 animal signs takes precedence. We thought to get into the spirit of the festival and mark the occasion, we'd show off some lantern themed designs from MoDA's collection.

Gong Xi Fa Cai everyone!

A design for a dress silk by the Silver Studio, 1926. Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture, (SD2322)
Wallpaper by Sandersons & Sons Ltd from around 1925. MoDA (SW2258)

Part of a set of chevron ribbed fabrics with Chinese figures holding lanterns by Wemco of England, 1955. MoDA (BADDA4323)

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