Stitching Culture : Chinese Textiles from the Carver Collection 🌐

Du 8 février 2018 au 10 mai 2019

University of Richmond
28 Westhampton Way
Richmond, VA, 23173

Textiles chinois de La dynastie Quing (1644-1911), présente une série d’objets en soie.

The textiles are adorned with many symbols and were selected to highlight the diversity of imagery found in Chinese works of art. Real and mythical animals — such as dragons, phoenixes, bats, butterflies, and three-legged frogs — as well as plants, written characters, and auspicious Buddhist symbols form an intrinsic part of Chinese culture.

Recently discovered in storage in Sarah Brunet Hall during campus renovations and construction, the works in the exhibition have been chosen from a gift made in 1960 of more than sixty textiles from Dr. and Mrs. David J. Carver in memory of their son David June Carver, Jr. (1916-1948). The textiles have joined their gift of Chinese ceramics to comprise the Carver Collection in the permanent collection of the Lora Robins Gallery, University Museums.

Student co-curator of the exhibition Marcin Jerzewski, ’18, states about his research: “Textiles hold a very special place in Chinese cultural history. The lucrative trade in silk and high-quality cloth along the Silk Road facilitated cultural exchange between the peoples of Europe and Asia. Nowadays, the luxurious and sought-after Chinese silks still constitute an important component and a symbol of cultural diffusion. The rich history and symbolism of Chinese textiles allows us to learn more about traditional Chinese rites, customs, superstitions, and even intricacies of Sinitic languages.”