Exhibition: A World of Looms – Weaving Technology and Textile Arts in China and Beyond

Exhibition dates: 30 May – 15 September 2018, Hangzhou, China

This is the first exhibition in China to present the rich cultural heritage of looms and weaving technologies from around the world. It celebrates the marches of textile innovations in not only China, but also in a broader context of textile traditions over vast geographical areas. The exhibition will be divided into three galleries – China, Eurasia, Americas and Africa – each featuring a representative selection of looms. These range from recently excavated archaeological findings, through to Jacquard looms and multi-shaft looms.

Conference: 31 May 2018

A one-day conference runs concurrently with the exhibition A World of Looms and features many distinguished textile scholars including OATG member Chris Buckley. The presentations are very diverse and cover loom technology from China, Japan, Laos, Indonesia, Iran, Africa, and the Andes. Admission is free, but reservations are recommended.

For more information on both the exhibition and the conference click here

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Exhibition: Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art

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Exhibition dates: 25 August – 25 October 2016

Hangzhou, an ancient cultural city and a modern leisure city, and home to the high-profile G20 Summit in 2016, a rare opportunity and a driving force to integrate development from different aspects. On such a grand occasion, the 2nd Hangzhou Triennial of Fibre Art is being held jointly by Zhejiang Provincial Department of Culture, Publicity Department of CPC Hangzhou Municipal Committee and China Academy of Art.

This internationally famous exhibition is also a high-grade contemporary art brand of Hangzhou, as Hangzhou is home to silk as well as being the capital of fibre. The exhibition brings together fiber art by 60 artists from 20 countries and regions, many of whom are from the participating countries of G20 Summit. The exhibition presents a global conversation from the great dimensions of time and space on the significance of fibre art in terms of its history, humanity, current social practices, the environment, the internet and new technology. The world’s attention will be focused in Hangzhou again, and Hangzhou will show the world its unique, profound and charming culture and art.

Weaving & We, the theme of the 2nd Hangzhou Triennial of Fibre Art, is both the focus of the exhibition and the starting point of creation. Stemming from the origin ‘weaving’, the exhibits go far beyond what we know of ‘weaving’ in our daily life. The timeliness and repetition of ‘weaving’ symbolise maternal reproductive power that derives from the mother’s original creative source given by nature, and constantly promotes the evolution of human civilization. ‘Weaving’ is by no means a ready-made object, but an ever-changing action and initiative.

As long as there are human beings, there will be continuous weaving. At the same time, Weaving & We tells the secret of mutual promotion of the technique and the way. I weave, therefore I am. ‘I weave’ refers to the technique, while ‘I am’ refers to the way. The way is in the technique and lies only in the technique. I weave, therefore I am. In this way, it points out the theme that artistic works need to go back to the origin and essence of life. This event is divided into four sections featuring curatorial research and artists’ works echoing the theme. The sections are ‘needles and proverbs’, ‘body and identity’, ‘weaving and form’, and ‘scene and phenomenon’.

 

For more information, visit the website of the Hangzhou Triennial of Fibre Art.