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The Magic Brocade
A Tale of China


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Here is the author note from my picture book.—Aaron

This tale is retold from “The Piece of Chuang Brocade” in Folk Tales from China, Third Series, Foreign Languages Press, Peking, 1958.

Brocade is woven cloth with raised patterns resembling embroidery. Though often confused with tapestry, it is made in an entirely different way. Brocade has been woven in China since at least the third century. There it is used for waistcoats, quilt covers, bedspreads, and other household items.

Book cover: The Magic Brocade
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The Magic Brocade
A Tale of China
Told by Aaron Shepard
Illustrated by Xiaojun Li