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Chinese Textiles: Brocade

"Chinese Textiles: Brocade"

Asian Gallery (Toyokan) Room 5  January 2, 2018 (Tue) - April 8, 2018 (Sun)

  
BrocadeLarge karahana flower design on pale blue ground, Passed down at the Shosoin Repository Nara period, 8th century

Brocade is a silk textile that has patterns woven with multicolored threads. The brocades of China are characterized by techniques unique to the historical periods in which they were created. For example, in the Han dynasty (202 BC–220 AD), a type of brocade was invented in which both the ground color and the patterns were created with warp threads. During the Tang dynasty (618–907), brocades with patterns in multicolored weft threads on a warp ground became popular, while the Liao dynasty (916–1125) saw the creation of "Liao-style brocade." This exhibition will explore the techniques used to create brocades throughout the history of China, "the land of silk."

Current exhibit includes:
Brocade, Camellia arabesque design on red ground, Yuan–Ming dynasty, 13th–14th century
BrocadeLarge karahana flower design on pale blue ground, Passed down at the Shosoin Repository Nara period, 8th century