Pictorial Silks: Chinese Textiles from the University Museum and Art Gallery (UMAG)

Contributors: The University of Hong Kong

Prized by Chinese and foreign merchants as an essential commodity along a vast trade network, silk served multiple roles throughout the ancient world: as a fabric for garments, as a form of currency and method of tax payment, and as a medium and subject matter for professional artists and the literati class. Over the centuries, silk fabrics have remained synonymous with beauty and are entwined throughout the history of Chinese art and literature.

Extending from the Qing dynasty (1644–1911) to the mid-20th century, Pictorial Silks encompasses a diverse range of subjects and formats that include hanging scrolls, framed panels, banners and robes. Each artwork exemplifies the sophisticated craftsmanship of the artisans and the collective stories of the Qing dynasty’s textile industry.

Follow the link for more information on UMAG's publication, edited and introduced by curator Kikki Lam.

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