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Date: Saturday, 20 February 2021 
Time: 2:30pm – 4:30pm 
Venue: Online on Zoom
Language: Cantonese
Cost: Free with registration. Please click here to register.
Limit: 300
Enquiries: Alice Ko at officeadmin@hkums.com or 2241-5507

In celebration of the Chinese New Year, the University of Hong Kong Museum Society and the University Museum and Art Gallery are pleased to invite Ms. Lee Meiyin to give a lecture on silk, ‘kesi’ and embroidery. This lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Pictorial Silks: Chinese Textiles from the UMAG Collection.

China is widely recognised for four great inventions (compass, papermaking, gunpowder and printing), but the list of inventions goes beyond. A prime example is the production of silk textiles weaved from filaments of silkworms which gave rise to the famed Silk Road.

In this lecture, Ms. Meiyin Lee will focus on three areas:
• Silk: Characteristics of silk and its archaeological discoveries
Kesi: Introduction of the characteristics, historical background, weaving methods and the appreciation of kesi
• Embroidery: Introduction to the contents of the exhibits

Ms. Lee Meiyin’s areas of research include the history, art and costumes of the ethnic minorities of China, Buddhist art, Dunhuang art, silk and embroideries. She previously served as HKUSPACE guest lecturer (2000-2010), as well as a member of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee. She is currently a specially appointed research fellow of Dunhuang Academy, a visiting associate professor of the Chu Hai College, and a Vice President of the Friends of Dunhuang (Hong Kong). She also serves on the Board of Dunhuang Grottoes Preservation and Research Foundation of China, and as an expert advisor to the public museums of Hong Kong.

Image: Kingfishers and hibiscuses, China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911), 18th century, Kesi (silk tapestry), hanging scroll, 114.9 x 41.5 cm, Gift of Dr Lam Kwok Pun, HKU.T.2008.1676
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