Embellished with Color: Woven Lace in the 20th Century

Exhibition place:Xinyou Archive Center

Exhibition time:2022.4 - 2022.7

Traditional Chinese clothing has maintained a two-dimensional shape for a long time, and stitching various borders is its main decorative method. In addition to the rich and thick fabrics, special woven bands of various sizes were used as the material for the edgings, which we commonly call “lace,” and in ancient times it was also called “stripe”, “langan” and so on. Judging from the archaeological objects, lace was used on clothing in the Warring States Period more than 2,000 years ago, and it has been used in all dynasties since then. Besides men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, socks, hats, purses and other accessories are also widely used, and some even have more than a dozen lace stitched, which is very decorative. Since the Republic of China, with the continuous evolution of clothing styles and continuous updating of fabric patterns, the use of woven lace is not as popular as it was in its heyday, but its raw materials are more diverse. In addition to traditional silk and cotton, there are also rayon, gold and silver threads, nylon, acrylic and polyester, etc., also have certain breakthroughs in the pattern theme, which are a precious heritage in the history of Chinese dyeing and weaving art.

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