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The Descendants of the Dragon

THE DESCENDANTS OF THE DRAGON

Dragons are deeply rooted in Chinese culture. The Chinese often consider themselves, “the descendants of the dragon (龍的傳人).”

The Chinese word for dragon (龍) is spelled out in Roman characters as “Lung.” Dragons are believed to bring good luck to people, which are reflected in their qualities, including great power, dignity, and wisdom. It is one of the most popular motifs in Chinese art, often sculpted on stone pillars of temples and palaces, and embroidered on beautiful gold and silk tapestries.

I was inspired to make a dragon quilt by my enjoyment of dragon dances at festive celebrations. The five dragons on this quilt were made using the shapes from patterns by Material Girl and June Colburn, while I designed the clouds and details. The four characters at the corners are different written styles of dragon in Chinese.

I hope this quilt brings blessing to people.

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