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This article was originally found in the December 2012 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 21, Issue 4, Page 23).

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Silk has been an essential component of China’s material culture for thousands of years.

During the Shang and Zhou Dynasties (c.1500 ­ 475 BCE) silk was considered to be one of the two most treasured gifts exchanged between the aristocracy ­ the other being jade. In 1995 the first international textile conference organised by Diana Collins and the Hong Kong Textile Society took place in Hong Kong with Western scholars and some of China’s leading academics, including Professor Bao Mingxin from Shanghai and Professor Zhao Feng from the National Silk Museum in Hangzhou.

The Conference findings identified certain areas for further study including the location of early textile workshops, the type and construction of early looms and the quantity of silk produced during specific periods. This new publication deals with all of those areas and more...