The Sound of Silk: Costumes found in the Tomb of Zhao Boyun (1155-1216)


Date:2017-05-15 To 2017-09-03

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The Sound of Silk: Costumes found in the Tomb of Zhao Boyun (1155-1216)

Sponsor: Zhejiang Bureau of Cultural Heritage

Organizer: China National Silk Museum

Co-organizer: Huangyan District Museum

        Zhejiang Institute of Archaeology

Exhibition Time: May. 15, 2017 – Sep. 3, 2017

The Southern Song Dynasty (1127 – 1279 CE) is important in Chinese history and also in Zhejiang history. It is in this dynasty when Zhejiang province grows into the "home of silk".

Silk textiles excavated from Zhao Boyun cemetery is an evidence for Zhejiang's becoming "home of silk". Before the excavation of Zhao Boyun excavation, most silk objects of the Southern Song dynasty are excavated from Fujiang province, Jiangxi province and Jiangsu province. Zhejiang, the capital ofthe Southern Song dynasty, has seen silk excavation only from Lanxi city and yet the silk was poorly preserved. In 2012, Zhejiang saw tomb of Shi Songzhi in Yuyao city, Zhejiang province and tomb of Xu Weili in Wuyi city unearthed. Those two unveil some of the real look of Southern Song silk from Zhejiang. However unfortunately they both suffered from robbery and the silk is in fragments. Zhao Boyun cemetery is like a treasure house of Zhejiang silk. According to Genealogy Book of Zhao Family at XiQiao Area in Huangyan City, Volume Seven, Zhao Boyun (1155 – 1216CE), the tomb was built for whom, was the 7th great grandson of the Song dynasty founder.The textiles excavated are of various structures, types and with representative motifs.