|| Textile Exhibition


An international conference presented by The Textile Society of Hong Kong and sponsored by Spink and Son Ltd. London June 24, 25, 1995: to be held at the Omni Hong Kong Hotel Centenary Room, Ground Floor.

While this event promises to satisfy those with an established enthusiasm for and knowledge of Chinese textiles it will also be aimed at serving as a perfect introduction to novices in the field. Our highly respected speakers are leading researchers in the study of Chinese textiles with many publications to their names. Evidence from the most recent research will be presented. Inquiries and bookings are being received for the conference from as far away as St Petersburg, New York and Sydney.

The distinguished faculty of the conference will explore the development of Chinese textiles from the Warring States period up to the present. Illustrated lectures will address such topics as the decorative links between textiles and ceramics in the Ming and Qing periods, the geneology of silk tapestry and Chinese garments, the Daoist tradition of liturgical clothing, as well as many other topics relating to the history and aesthetics of Chinese textiles. Each lecture will include a discussion period and the programme includes tours of the exhibition to be led by several experts in the field.

This occasion will provide not only the opportunity to broaden knowledge through lectures, but will also give ample time to get to know others with similar interests at the accompanying social events. Be sure to book the opening and closing dinners.

Contemporary Textile Artists' Forum:

As contemporary textile artists will be coming to the conference from the U.S., Ireland, Scotland and Hong Kong a post-conference forum is being planned where we can be updated on new trends. Artists have been asked to discuss their inspiration, materials, construction, marketing and local attitudes to textile/fibre art. This event will be held on June 26, 1995. More details will be available at a later date. Inquiries should be addressed to Edith Cheung, Fax (852) 2369 3484 or Nicola Murray (852) 2525 8032.

It is advised that those who will be travelling from abroad make airline reservations as soon as possible.

Conference Speakers

Speakers who have agreed to participate listed in alphabetical order:

  • Professor Bao Mingxin (Chinese Textile University) will speak about Chinese robes through time and their insignia.
  • Chang Hsiang-wen (National Palace Museum, Taipei, ROC) will talk about how early textiles were used from evidence of textiles in the wall paintings at Dunhuang.
  • Professor Gao Hanyu (Professor, Shanghai Textile Research Institute, PRC) will speak on the development of the loom and its relationship to textile art.
  • Dale Carolyn Gluckman (Associate Curator of Textiles and Costumes - Los Angeles County Museum of Art) will speak on a topic related to the exhibition highlighting those textiles which have not yet been known to us until recently and their relationship with more familiar ones.
  • Professor Lisa Lee Peterson (Associate Professor of Art and Design, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA) will collaborate with her husband Dr Clifford B. Peterson, an anthropologist with a paper exploring what Chinese poetry tells us about ancient Chinese textiles and textile making titled "Culture of Silk: Poems and Pictures of Ancient Chinese Weavers".
  • Krishna Riboud (President A.E.D.T.A., Vice President C.I.E.T.A. and Chargee de Mission at the Musee Guimet) will speak about early weaves now in the Stein Collection, "A Reassessment of Han Dynasty Patterned Silks concerning their Pattern and Technique".
  • Rosemary Scoff (Director, Percival David Foundation, University of London) will give a paper on the decorative links between textiles and ceramics in the Ming or Qing period.
  • Julie Segraves (Director, Denver Asian Art Co-ordinating Council) will present a paper titled "Society, Status and Shamans: Symbols on Warring States and Han Textiles", focusing on the culture, intellectual and literary life of the period.
  • Shelagh Vainker (Assistant Keeper, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University) will present a paper titled "Northern Song Silk" which will focus on archaeologically excavated silks and examples of kesi - the ornament of these silks will be assessed in light of other decorative arts of the period.
  • Professor Wang Yarong (Assistant Professor, Costume Research Department, Institute of History, Beijing PRC) will speak on the development of Chinese folk embroidery.
  • Verity Wilson (Assistant Curator of the Far Eastern Collection, Victoria and Albert Museum, London) will present a paper titled "Cosmic Raiment: Daoist Traditions of Liturgical Clothing". Garments from the eighteenth century to the present day will be presented and issues relating to technique, design, sect allegiance and sanctity will be discussed
  • Prof Zhao Feng (Associate Professor, China National Silk Museum, Hangzhou, PRC) will present a paper on patterns on Shui and Tang dynasty silk.
Speakers and topics may change without prior notice.
The official language of the conference is English.


  • FRIDAY, JUNE 23 Opening Dinner - Chinese Banquet, 7.30pm
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 24 Registration: 8.00am- 8.30 am; Session 1: 8.30am - 3.30 pm; Optional Lecture, Museum of Art, 3.30-4.30pm; Tour of Exhibition, 4.30-5.30pm
  • SUNDAY, JUNE 25 Session 11: 8.30am - 3.30pm; Optional Lecture, Museum of Art, 3.30-4.30pm; Tour of Exhibition, 4.30-5.30pm; Closing Dinner - Western Buffet, 7.30pm.

For further information please contact Diana Collins Tel (852) 2817 3305 or Fax (852) 2817 1128


  • President: Diana Collins
  • Tel: 8173305
  • Fax: 8171128
  • Vice President: Valery Garrett
  • Tel: 8498164
  • Fax: 8498556
Conference Registration information:
  • Registration by 1 st June, 1995: HK$ 1,200 (US$ 165)
  • Late/On Site Registration: HK$ 1,450 (US$198)
  • Members of Hong Kong Textile Society: By lst June HK$ 1,100 (US$152): After 1st June HK$ 1,350 (US$185)
  • Opening Banquet HK$ 380 (US$50)
  • Closing Buffet HK$ 340 (US$45)
  • To join the Textile Society of Hong Kong: HK$200 (US$32) p.a.
Bank cheques or money orders drawn in HK or US dollars should made payable to The Textile Society of Hong Kong, and are non-refundable. Conference fees include all conference sessions, a Museum tour and entry fee, lunch, morning coffee/ afternoon tea at each session.

Conference applications should be sent to: Chinese Textile Conference, c/o 1 B Alberose, 134 Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong.

Special room rates of HK$1,225 +15% tax / twin room are available at the conference venue, a five star hotel, near to the Hong Kong Museum of Art;
The Omni Hong Kong Hotel, Canton Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Please contact: Christine Morgan, Director of Sales and Marketing, Phone: (852) 2375 2687, Fax: (852) 2375 7550

For further conference information, please contact:

  • Diana Collins, President
  • The Textile Society of Hong Kong
  • 1 B Alberose,
  • 134 Pokfulam Road
  • Hong Kong
  • Phone: (852) 2817 3305 Fax: (852) 2817 1128

Chinese Textile Study Tour June 27-July 10

Collector and scholar, Don Cohn who is fluent in Mandarin and has led 85 tours to China, is organising an independent tour which will visit Beijing, Shanghai and the three major centres of silk production in South China: Hangzhou, Suzhou and Nanjing. Participants will observe the entire process of silk production including the weaving of Ming-style brocades on period looms. Private viewings of the imperial robes in the Forbidden City and the China Silk Museums in Hangzhou and Suzhou will include lecture-demonstrations. ( Registration deadline: May 15th, 1995 )

For further details, please contact:

  • Don Cohn
  • 95 Chek Nai Ping, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong
  • Phone/Fax: (852) 2699 4449 || Textile Exhibition