Priscilla Kibbee

I love to travel all over the globe shopping for textiles to add to my wearable art. I have taught quilting to school children in Nepal, seminole patchwork to seamstresses in Thailand, and jackets and embellishment to quilters in Turkey where I also served as a judge at 2 of their International Quilt Shows. I have created garments for 5 Fairfield and Bernina Fashion Shows and teach classes on embellishment and wearable art. Lately I have been leaning more toward making art quilts.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Temple of Literature

Flower seller outside the Temple of Literature. There are bicycle sellers like this all over the city selling everything from flowers to baskets to household supplies and food of course. The Temple of Literature occupies a huge long block in the center of the city. Beautiful grounds and long walkways. The temple was founded in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius in order to honor scholars and literary achievement.

There are a number of gates along the path to the temples. The central path was originally reserved for the King with side paths for the Mandarins.

Another gate. These stellae were erected by the Emperor Le Thanh Thong beginning in 1484 to record the names, places of birth and achievements of men who received doctorates in triennial examinations held from 1442. This was discontinued in 1778.

Inside the first main courtyard.
Mandarin figures in the first main temple.

Huge metal crane.
Altar for incense.

Incense burner. Confucius in the second temple building.

Mandarin robes from at least 100 years ago. Beautifully embroidered.

Ancient texts. Bell tower.

Beautiful bonsai trees all over the courtyards.


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