Covid-19 lets my virtual museum tours continue. Here you can explore China National Silk Museum at home, to satisfy your enthusiasm for fashion, textile and related skills from ancient to contemporary, or from Asia to other continents.
Fashion, Textile & More
China National Silk Museum
It’s been so long (more than 5 months!) since I’ve posted on this blog. Yes, I’ve been lazy, but I’m back finally with another interesting virtual museum.
Virtual museum tours via Google Arts & Culture is definitely my favorite these days, and I’m happy to introduce China National Silk Museum in Hangzhou, China.
I don’t think I’m so much fashion enthusiast but I kind of like fashion. So this museum caught my eyes with its collection of fashion and fiber art.
Actually this museum is the largest silk museum in the world. It has collections of silk textile & fashion from China and other countries. The museum is also trying to bring “silk culture” to all over the world by their educational activities.
If you’re interested in colors and patterns, this museum could be a nice place for you. Since silk is the highest quality fabric, it’s closely related to advanced skills like dyeing or embroidery that enhance the quality of fabric. Therefore, you can see the big collection of fabric with various colors and patterns.
The museum presents several online exhibitions via Google Arts & Culture. Although I’ve never worn Qipao, the well-know Chinese women’s dress, it’s good to enjoy various Qipaos on the exhibit titled “Qipao: Carrier of Various Cultures”, edited for online from the original offline exhibition in 2019.
Here I have pictures of Qipaos from the exhibition mentioned above. I can say the first one (called “Best of Both Worlds”, integration of Russian and Chinese cultures) is my favorite – and it’s quite wearable for an ordinary girl like myself. I hope to buy a similar one when I travel again to China some day.
Although I prefer Google virtual museum, the silk museum has a website which is worth to visit online as well. One of their latest exhibitions was Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion.
It was a pleasure for me to see the surreal shapes of Balenciaga hats presented by an Asian museum!
Virtual museum tours of silk culture
The virtual tour is limited as usual, but you can feel the atmosphere better than just still images, especially when you walk into the exhibition rooms and get closer (controllable by your computer mouse) to the delicately embroidered old dresses.
I’m wondering if you also enjoy virtual museum tours, like I do at home or in my studio shortly. Since this museum is located in China, not very far from Korea, I’m quite positive to actually visit China National Silk Museum in the near future, maybe after being vaccinated.
Another good news is this museum is located by the lake, so the environment must be as much enjoyable as the museum itself.
I hope you, from somewhere on the other side of the globe, also can have a chance to visit Asia and feel the cultural heritage some day not so many years away.
China National Silk Museum, 73-1 Yuhuangshan Rd, Xihu Qu Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China
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