Qatar Museums showcases the artistry and significance of Chinese silk
As part of the Qatar China 2016 Year of Culture, Silks from the Silk Road – Chinese Art of Silk, opens today in Qatar Museums (QM) Gallery in Katara and will run until Monday 9 May 2016.
In collaboration with Qatar Museums, the China National Silk Museum is bringing to Doha a range of ancient and modern Chinese silk treasures which demonstrate the artistry of the Chinese silk-making culture and industry. This exhibition includes 100 selected silk products and modern artistic works of silk garments, as well as other accompanying exhibits such as ceramic tea sets and tea works.
The exhibition explores four different themes: firstly, the material properties and diverse uses of silk, as well as the products created throughout history; secondly, the different techniques of silk production, traditional embroidery, ornamental brocading, the Kesi weaving technique, silk painting, and new silk design concepts; thirdly, the art of silk, including the new digital textile technology and the integration of traditional weaving and dyeing techniques; and finally, the role of Zhang Qian, a Chinese official and diplomat who played a key role in opening China to commercial trade in the 2nd century BCE, by setting up the Silk Road.
The exhibition provides insight into the Silk Road, which was a bridge for economic and cultural exchange between East and West over 2,000 years ago. Mulberry silk weaving technology spread from China to the rest of the world through this trading route.