The Story of Silk is Woven in Hangzhou's West Lake Museum
Starting from Sep. 15 a one-month exhibition entitled ‘Silk from the Silk Road: Origin, Transmission and Communication’ will be on view in Hangzhou’s West Lake Museum. The exhibition is co-organized by the State Administration of Cultural Heritage and the People's Government of Zhejiang Province together with the Cultural Relics Bureau of Zhejiang, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Shaanxi, Gansu, Qinghai Provinces and Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
The exhibition, woven in Hangzhou the ‘Home of Silk’, displays to the world the priceless number of silk products that have originated from the north west of China. All exhibits on display are historical relics with elementary restoration and together they total 140 pieces, which includes some national-level treasures.
The ancient Silk Road, which was listed in 2014 as a UNESCO heritage site, served as a significant link between the East and the West for trade and culture communication and like a colorful ribbon it has connected China with the rest of the world. It is through the Silk Road that silk, sericulture and other silk techniques from China have been able to weave themselves throughout the world, which in turn has made a profound impact on the economic and cultural development of the world.
The exhibition serves as a medium for people in which to learn about China’s origins of silk, the transmission of silk culture from China to the West, silk culture communication conducted through the Silk Road and the development of silk art and technology throughout the world.
For those who want to know more about silk then visit the China Silk Museum which, together with other national and international research institutions, will be offering an international academic seminar entitled ‘Silk from the Silk Road: Origin, Transmission and Communication’.
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