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ADFAS presents: Heaven’s Embroidered Cloth – the History and Development of Imperial Chinese Silk with David Rosier

  • ADFAS Fitzroy Street Tamworth Australia (map)

This lecture traces the origins, and myths, that surround Imperial Chinese Silk. Initial consideration focuses on the period from Neolithic times (4000BC) through to the start of the Ming Dynasty in 1368 and traces the establishment of Imperial Weaving and Embroidery Workshops which produced Court Costume and decorative textiles for Imperial Palaces. The technological and artistic skills required for this ‘industry’ to flourish will be explored as will the relationship of the Imperial Workshops with commercial weavers and embroiderers. Workshops were producing an ever-increasing range of silk fabrics and the role of commercial workshops supported Imperial, domestic and export demands.