Hanging craft

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Decorative hangings

A hanging craft is a decoration, an amulet, a religious or a symbolic object that is hung from the ceiling or another structure. The sculptor Alexander Calder invented the mobiles, popular in the nursery, to give infants something to entertain them and give them external visual stimulation.[1] Kakemono, a Japanese hanging, is intended to be hung against a wall as part of the interior decoration of a room.[2]

Hanging crafts can project abstract shapes fashioned from sheet metal, wood, paper or plastic materials, connected by wire or chord, whose individual elements are capable of moving independently or as a whole when prompted by air movement or direct contact. Heavy hangings are hung with a lag bolt with deep grooves in the threads for maximum grip, or with a toggle bolt that uses a large collapsible nut to increase clamping pressure of the bolt.[3]


  1. ^ Calder, Alexander. An Autobiography With Pictures. Pantheon Books, 1966, ISBN 978-0-394-42142-1
  2. ^ Mason, Penelope. History of Japanese Art. Prentice Hall (2004). ISBN 0-13-117602-1
  3. ^ Pile, John. A History of Interior Design. Wiley (2009). ISBN 978-0-470-22888-3

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