• Title: When Silk Was Gold: Central Asian and Chinese Textiles
  • Author: Anne E. Wardwell Morris Rossabi Anne Wardwell
  • ISBN: 9780810965133
  • Page: 402
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When Silk Was Gold Central Asian and Chinese Textiles The material presented in this volume significantly extends what has been known to date of Asian textiles produced from the Tang through the early Ming period late th early th century an
    The material presented in this volume significantly extends what has been known to date of Asian textiles produced from the Tang 618 907 through the early Ming period late 14th early 15th century , and new documentation gives full recognition to the importance of luxury textiles in the history of Asian art Costly silks and embroideries were the primary vehicle for theThe material presented in this volume significantly extends what has been known to date of Asian textiles produced from the Tang 618 907 through the early Ming period late 14th early 15th century , and new documentation gives full recognition to the importance of luxury textiles in the history of Asian art Costly silks and embroideries were the primary vehicle for the migration of motifs and styles from one part of Asia to another, particularly during the Tang and Mongol 1207 1368 periods In addition, they provide material evidence of both the cultural and religious ties that linked ethnic groups and the impetus to artistic creativity that was inspired by exposure to foreign goods The demise of the Silk Roads and the end of expansionist policies, together with the rapid increase in maritime trade, brought to an end the vital economic and cultural interchange that had characterized the years preceding the death of the Ming dynasty Yongle emperor in 1424 Overland, intrepid merchants no longer transported silks throughout Eurasia and weavers no longer traveled to distant lands But the products that survive from that wondrous time attest to a glorious era when silk was resplendent as gold.

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