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
ISBN : 978-988-74707-1-7
Distributed for HKU Museum and Art Gallery 香港大學美術博物館
96 pages, 9.625″ x 12″, 50 color illus.
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.