Unroll and Unfold: Preserving Textiles and Thangkas to Last

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©Mk2010 CC BY-SA 3.0 Panorama view of the History Museum in Hong Kong

IIC is pleased to announce the IIC-Palace Museum 2017 Hong Kong Symposium which will take place 24-26 November 2017 at the Museum of History in Hong Kong and will be dedicated to textiles conservation.
Besides conservation, the symposium will also address the artistic and historical aspects of textile artefacts ranging from thangkas, embroideries, archaeological textiles along the Silk Road, and royal and ethnic costumes across the East and West. Eighteen distinguished textile specialists and scholars from across the world will present case studies and research findings on the subjects. Please see the event webpage for more information.
Textiles represent an indispensable part of the inheritance of mankind since the beginning of a long history. Embodied in various forms, these beautiful objects have, through the ages, been used to express aesthetic inspirations amongst other functional, conventional and religious intents.
Embedded not only with cultural connotations of the times when they were made, used or embellished, these objects have also been woven into them a large amount of wisdom and superlative craftsmanship of our ancestors which we may have inadvertently unnoticed.
With the efforts of conservators, scientists, curators, collectors and alike, who have challenged themselves through tapping into the intelligence of our forebears and the essence of traditional craftsmanship, our shared cultural heritage is revitalised with perseverance alongside scientific developments.
Stepping into the second decade of the 21st century when technological advancement has gradually wiped out many kinds of ethnic textiles, costumes and thangkas in response to the contemporary needs and innovations on materials and uses, safeguarding these legacies and unfolding the merits and cultural significance behind them has become imminent and worthwhile to inspire the future generations.
Following the technical sessions, social events will give delegates a chance to establish professional networks and to explore some heritage attractions around Hong Kong. Registration will start in the second quarter of 2017 – Join us in Hong Kong to catch up with your colleagues and make new connections!

All the details about the symposium, including a preliminary programme of lectures and events, is now available on the IIC Palace Museum dedicated webpage