Chinese Silks (The Culture & Civilization of China) (Hardcover)

Chinese Silks (The Culture & Civilization of China) By Feng Zhao, Wengying Li, Juanjuan Chen, James C. Y. Watt (Editor), Dieter Kuhn (Editor), Nengfu Huang, Hao Peng Cover Image
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The first comprehensive history of China's most luxurious textile and its enduring influence on Chinese civilization and art

Over the past fifty years, archaeological explorations in China have unearthed a wealth of textile materials, some dating as far back as five thousand years. In this magnificently researched and illustrated book, preeminent Western and Chinese scholars draw upon these spectacular discoveries to provide the most thorough account of the history of silk ever written.

Encyclopedic in breadth, the volume presents a chronological history of silk from a variety of perspectives, including archaeological, technological, art historical, and aesthetic. The contributors explore the range of uses for silk, from the everyday to the sublime. By directly connecting recently found textile artifacts to specific references in China's vast historical literature, they illuminate the evolution of silk making and the driving social forces that have inspired the creation of innovative textiles through the millennia.

Published in association with the Foreign Languages Press, Beijing

About the Author

Dieter Kuhn is professor emeritus of sinology, University of Würzburg, Germany. James C. Y. Watt is Brooke Russell Astor Chairman Emeritus, Department of Asian Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Chen Juanjuan was senior research fellow, Palace Museum, Beijing. Huang Nengfu is professor at the Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University, Beijing. Li Wenying is deputy director, Xinjiang Institute of Archaeology. Peng Hao is professor of archaeology, Wuhan University, and senior research fellow at Jingzhou Museum, Hubei. Zhao Feng is vice director, China National Silk Museum, Hangzhou; director, Chinese Centre for Textile Identification and Conservation, Hangzhou; and professor of textile and costume history, Donghua University, Shanghai.

Praise For…

Awarded the 2012 R. L. Shep Ethnic Textiles Book Award given by the Textile Society of America.
— R.L. Shep Ethnic Textiles Book Award
Product Details
ISBN: 9780300111033
ISBN-10: 0300111037
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: September 25th, 2012
Pages: 624
Language: English
Series: The Culture & Civilization of China