In October 2010, the State Administration of Cultural Heritage approved the establishment of the Key Scientific Research Base of Textile Conservation by the China National Silk Museum. The research direction is the protection of textile heritage. The research includes the analysis, testing and identification of textile-related cultural heritage, key technologies for protection and conservation, and the discovery of traditional craftsmanship and its value. At the same time, the base has established a joint laboratory at Zhejiang Sci-Tech University and established workstations in Xinjiang (2011), Gansu (2015), Inner Mongolia (2017), and a joint workstation in Tibet (2014). Over the years, the base has undertaken a large number of textile archaeology, conservation, and research projects along the Silk Road, such as the complete collection of The Textiles from Dunhuang, the silk unearthed from the Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang, the costumes unearthed from the Yingpan tomb in Xinjiang, the silk unearthed in Uzbekistan, and the cooperation of the archaeological textiles in the northern Caucasus in Russia. In 2017, it initiated the founded Alliance on Technological Innovations of Cultural Heritage along Silk Road (ATICS).

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