'Heaven’s Embroidered Cloth’: The History and Development of Chinese Imperial Silk - an online talk by David Rosier

Location: Online via Zoom

Tickets £5.00 each

This talk traces the origins, and myths, that surround Imperial Chinese Silk, an exquisite product that has mesmerised the World and on occasions exceeded the value of gold.

Starting in the Neolithic era David will take us on a journey from the early Dynasties of China to the expansion of the silk industry and the role of the Silk Road in bringing this coveted product to the Middle East and on to Europe.

During each period in China’s history we will see examples of both fabrics and Imperial Costume and decorative textiles which represent the pinnacle of the weavers and embroiderers art and expertise.

David has lived and worked in Asia for 25 years and whilst living in Hong Kong he assembled a collection of approximately 700, predominately Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), Imperial and related textiles/costume accessories. He is a past Committee Member of the Hong Kong Textile Society a frequent speaker on Imperial Insignia and Badges of Rank and a regular lecturer for the Arts Society.

This event is to raise funds for Tavistock Heritage Trust.

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