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PostPosted: Sun Dec 22, 2013 10:17 pm 
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Forum member Pam Najdowski has drawn my attention to an exhibition "Embroidered Identities: Ornately Decorated Textiles and Accessories of Chinese Ethnic Minorities" which is running from 15 December 2013 to 9 February 2014 at The University Museum and Art Gallery in Hong Kong.

The University Museum and Art Gallery (UMAG) is pleased to present an exhibition of traditional Chinese costumes, baby carriers and silver ornaments drawn from the collection of Mei-yin Lee. This exhibition demonstrates the wealth of colours, techniques and styles found in the on-going traditions of Chinese minority groups. The display is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, and the production of both exhibition and book has been generously supported by the HKU Museum Society in celebration of the Museum’s 60th and Society’s 25th anniversaries respectively. The exhibition will be held at 1/F T. T. Tsui Building, University Museum and Art Gallery, 90 Bonham Road from the 15 December 2013 to 9 February 2014.

Elaborately embroidered costumes and baby carriers, most of which originate with the Miao, Dong, Shui and Zhuang ethnic tribes of the south-western Chinese provinces of Guizhou, Yunnan, and Guangxi are decorated with richly coloured, stitched and sewn ornamentations - and sometimes silver applications - indigenous to the particular culture and long-lived traditions they derive from. As some ethnic minorities lack a written script, the symbolism and colour-coding found in their textiles form a visual language that presents an important cultural and anthropological development and heritage still in practice today.

See the on-line information for details of two talks by the collector on the 11th and 18th of January 2014.

File comment: Woman’s attire, Yi ethnic minority, Liangshan Prefecture, Sichuan Province Length of upper garment: 90cm. Width between cuffs: 148cm (Collection of Mei-yin LEE)
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on-line tribal textiles resource
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