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Thursday, October 21 2021 - 01:28
Textiles from Dunhuang Book Series Unveils a Fifteen-Year Global Collaboration Led by Prof. Zhao Feng
HANGZHOU, China, Oct. 20, 2021 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

On October 15, the complete collection of the 15-year book series, Textiles 
from Dunhuang, was finally launched at Donghua University. Led by Prof. Zhao 
Feng, director of China National Silk Museum and professor of Donghua 
University, the team collaborated with specialists from four countries to 
complete this historical masterpiece. 

It includes 10 volumes of Chinese and English versions of Dunhuang textiles 
from UK, French, Russian, and Chinese collections in Lushun and Dunhuang 
Academy, with multiple texts and over a thousand pieces from large banners to 
small fragments. Completion of the vast Textiles from Dunhuang project 
benefited from its strong international team from cultural institutions across 
the world, including British Museum, British Library, Victoria and Albert 
Museum, Musee Guimet, National Library of France, State Hermitage Museum St. 
Petersburg, Dunhuang Academy, and Lushun Museum based on research from the 
China National Silk Museum and Donghua University.

From 2004, Donghua University and China National Silk Museum jointly 
established a Dunhuang Textile Research Team, which started studying Dunhuang 
textiles in a comprehensive and systematic way. In 2006, Prof. Zhao Feng was 
invited to UK, France, and Russia to study fabric remains from the Library Cave 
(Cave 17) in Mogao Grottos, Dunhuang. Since the end of 2013, another team from 
China National Silk Museum carried out systematic analysis and conservation of 
textiles mainly from the northern part of Mogao Grottos.

For the first time, this book series takes Dunhuang textiles as a complete 
object for research and publication that fills the gap in Dunhuang studies. As 
Mikhail Piotrovsky, director of the State Hermitage Museum said, "Thanks to 
these studies and the ensuing publications we can reconstruct the complex 
history of silk and its production in the 1st millennium AD -- the material 
that became the symbol and gave the name to the great trade route." Textiles 
from Dunhuang is a work of excellence signifying, "It shows the importance of 
rigorous training, experience with historical materials and mutual 
collaboration at the highest level, and it has opened the way for further 
research and understanding in the future", Helen Wang, the curator from the 
British Museum added.

SOURCE  China National Silk Museum

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   Caption: Chief Editor of Textiles from Dunhuang: Dr. Zhao Feng, director of 
China National Silk Museum and Donghua University professor