Pictorial Silks 如絲如畫

Chinese Textiles from the UMAG Collection 香港大學美術博物館藏中國織物

Edited and introduced by Kikki Lam 林嘉琪 編著

ISBN : 978-988-74707-1-7

Film, Media, Fine Arts Distributed for HKU Museum and Art Gallery 香港大學美術博物館

September 2020

96 pages, 9.625″ x 12″, 50 color illus.

  • HK$150.00

Prized by Chinese and foreign merchants as an essential commodity along a vast trade network, silk served multiple roles throughout the ancient world: as 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 Chinese art and literature. Extending from the Qing dynasty to the mid-20th century, UMAG’s silk textile collection 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.


Kikki Lam is a Research Assistant at the University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong. She received her B.A. and M.Phil. in Anthropology from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her current research focuses on Chinese silk textiles and Museum Anthropology. She also translated several exhibition catalogues related to East Asian arts and cultures.