16 January 2019 - 10 Shevat 5779 - י' שבט ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Precious Chinese silk exhibition on display in Tel Aviv E-mail

Israelis recently had the opportunity to view 27 exquisite Chinese silk costumes in an exhibition at the China Cultural Center in Tel Aviv titled “In Praise of Silk: Fashion with Tradition in China”.

The exhibition, which opened in March, demonstrated the process of and changes in the creation of Chinese silk costumes through three different lenses: history, craftsmanship and Chinese elements.

In addition to the silk costumes from the China National Silk Museum, which is located in Zhejiang Province in the east of China, Chinese calligraphy, traditional paintings, paper-cuts and Chinese seals were also on show in the exhibition.

“Silk is the keyword of the exhibition, which provided an opportunity to approach and experience silk embroidery techniques,” said Chinese Ambassador to Israel Zhan Yongxin at the opening ceremony.

The ancient Silk Road was a network of trade routes, and silk was certainly the most lucrative and sought-after item traded across the Eurasian continent, bringing wealth and enriching culture for the peoples and states along the routes, and sometimes helping make peace between different tribes or states, said the Chinese envoy.

This benefited the ancient civilisations such as the Chinese, Persians, Jews, Arabs, Indians, Greeks and Romans along this road, leaving an abundant cultural heritage of humankind, added Zhan.

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