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Cleveland Museum of art to hold virtual lecture on Silk Road this June

James Stephens
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For centuries, the Silk Road has become a vital network of trade routes that enabled the exchange of silk and other goods, as well as of ideas and technologies between cultures across Asia and Europe.

Director of the China National Silk Museum in Hangzhou, Zhao Feng, displays the latest excavated and conserved silk textiles from sites along the Silk Road. He discusses international collaborative initiatives such as the Interactive Silk Map of the World and the Silk Road Online Muse and shares new insights on fibers, dyes, weave structures, tailoring, and pattern designs featured in these textiles.

Joined by museums worldwide, this lecture is part of the international Silk Road Week (June 18–24, 2021), which was started by the China National Silk Museum in Hangzhou.

Zhao Feng is an expert in the study of fabrics along the Silk Road based on interdisciplinary research drawing on science, anthropology, art history, archaeology, conservation, and cultural heritage studies. Besides serving as a director of the China National Silk Museum in Hangzhou, Feng is also a board member of the Ethics Committee of the International Council of Museums (ETHCOM), a directing member of the Centre International d’Etude des Textiles Anciens (CIETA), and the president of the International Association for the Study of Silk Road Textiles (IASSRT).

Presented by the Cleveland Museum of Art, this annual Pauline and Joseph Degenfelder Distinguished Lecture in Chinese Art is made possible through support from Pauline and Joseph Degenfelder Family Endowment Fund.

To register for this free online event, you can visit

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