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Your DaVinci Code moment for the day [Oct. 21st, 2010|12:40 pm]
Zoethe
So, the color we chose for the bedroom was designed to compliment this wall hanging:




As often happens in such projects, by the time we redid the bedroom there was no place in the design scheme for that hanging. But I like it, and wanted to put it somewhere. Then yesterday I was sitting here in my office squinting in the glare of the sunshine coming through the south-facing window. Prior to painting, there had been a curtain rod surmounting that office window, and over it I had thrown two red beach towels - very classy, no?

No. It was ugly as sin, but it kept me from being blinded at my desk.

But in the wake of painting, the low-quality curtain rod had disappeared, and I was not about to subject my lovely new office to the indignity of the Top Cat beach towel. Eventually, we will get window treatments for this room, but they aren't in the budget right now.

Then I remembered the wall hanging. And sure enough, it was just the right size to hang over the window. With some imaginative engineering involving binder clips and small nails in the top of the window frame, I came up with a decent-looking temporary solution.

And that's when things got weird.

I bought this wall hanging in Israel in the winter of 2006, on the campus of the university. The front is heavily embroidered, the back a plain cotton length, blue, marked by the black stitches sewing the piping to the front. In 4 years I've never noticed anything odd about it.

But when the light shines through the fabric? There are rows of letters visible through the fabric. The letters in the first row are 3-4" high and very bold. The middle row are about 2" and much thinner, and then there is a third row of lighter impressions that I can't identify with certainty are letters.

I have no idea what it says. It's hung upside down, some of the letters are a bit hard to read because of the decoration on the fabric, and it's probably in Hebrew. Maybe some day I will be motivated to dope it out, but for right now I will just be amused that this very Dan-Brown-clue bit of fabric has revealed that it has a secret.

EDIT: Ferrett said that I should put up a picture so that you could see what I'm talking about.



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[User Picture]From: daemonnoire
2010-10-21 04:49 pm (UTC)
"If you can read this, you're looking too hard."
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-21 04:57 pm (UTC)
Or "You must have a sad and lonely life."
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[User Picture]From: smartlikeatruck
2010-10-21 04:55 pm (UTC)
What a wonderful thing. Magic in the world, indeed.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-21 05:00 pm (UTC)
Indeed. I had to share it!
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[User Picture]From: penmage
2010-10-21 05:05 pm (UTC)
If you can photograph the letters, I can try to read and translate for you.
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[User Picture]From: shezan
2010-10-21 05:08 pm (UTC)
Ditto here.
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[User Picture]From: sapphirescarlet
2010-10-21 05:21 pm (UTC)
I'm so confused. All I see is light shining brightly thru the fabric over the window. But it does look like the light comes through in the shape of a body, without the head. (Legs on the left, torso to the right of them?) Like the Shroud of Turin.

I'd love to see it without the light on it, to see the embroidery. And is it a madras plaid looking fabric?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-21 05:40 pm (UTC)
Nono. What's over the window there is just a sheet, from before us updating anything. The wall hanging in question is to the left.

I've now edited this entry to include a picture of it so you can see the letters.
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[User Picture]From: sageautumn
2010-10-21 06:04 pm (UTC)
Don't find out!
Leave it a mystery.
(Since it's probably some advertising something fabric they had lying around they just tossed in the middle.)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-21 06:34 pm (UTC)
The weird part is that it doesn't feel like there is a third layer.
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-10-21 06:07 pm (UTC)
Rotating the picture about a bit, I'm pretty sure the middle row has the word "Sunday." That's all I can make out.

-Alex
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-21 06:35 pm (UTC)
I think it's Sunder, but it's hard to tell.
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[User Picture]From: daemonnoire
2010-10-21 06:15 pm (UTC)
Interesting. I wonder if maybe it was used as a window hanging before you bought it, and what you are seeing is some sun fading. Or maybe the original fabric had some text on it, and it was dyed blue?

This is so cool!

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-21 06:36 pm (UTC)
I'm inclined toward the latter theory. It is pretty cool, though!
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[User Picture]From: sapphirescarlet
2010-10-21 06:15 pm (UTC)
OH! It's so AWESOME! I would scooped that up in a second.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-21 06:37 pm (UTC)
And with the exchange rate? It was only $15 US.
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[User Picture]From: khiron1416
2010-10-21 06:38 pm (UTC)
it's upside down, take your picture and open any photo editor and max the contrast still not totally legible though
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-21 06:40 pm (UTC)
Well, of course it's upside down - that's part of the mystery! And you can't see all the letters because some of them are in shadow. I have managed to make out the word "Connection" in the bottom row, though.
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[User Picture]From: fallconsmate
2010-10-21 10:08 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking flour sack. Or grain sack of some sort. And a pox on screaming young'ins ( that are outside my window)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-22 04:20 am (UTC)
Probably, but it was fun to discover.
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[User Picture]From: shezan
2010-10-21 10:49 pm (UTC)
Looks like English to me. The word in the middle is Sunday upside-down.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-22 04:21 am (UTC)
Not a "y" on the end. But it is English - I made out "Connection" in the larger print.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-22 04:22 am (UTC)
I think you are right about 59 Sunder Nager. Interesting!
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[User Picture]From: cynic51
2010-10-22 12:50 am (UTC)
Looks like upside down English to me, but if it is Hebrew the next time I'm over I can take a closer look and try to dope it out.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-22 04:22 am (UTC)
No, it's English after all.
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[User Picture]From: kid_lit_fan
2010-10-22 02:15 am (UTC)
One downside of leaving it up; it will probably fade. My mom did this with a quilt her Nana made ( too thick for light to make it through) and the side that hung outward (it was about double-height of the window) went from purple to lavender-gray.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-22 04:23 am (UTC)
I don't care about the back fading, so it's okay.
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[User Picture]From: fitfool
2010-10-28 12:55 am (UTC)
oh that's pretty! What were you doing in Israel?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-28 03:01 am (UTC)
I was there for a seminar when I was in law school. I loved it and want to go back again.
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