Situated at the foot of Yu Huang Mountain
on southern bank of the West Lake in Hangzhou City,
Zhejiang Province, China National Silk Museum is the
first state-level museum specialized in silk exhibition
as well as the largest silk museum in the world. It
was opened to the public in 1992 with a building area
of 8,000 square kilometers and a display area of 3,000
square kilometers. The main content of this museum is
composed of the history and cultural of silk as well
as the scientific principles of silk techniques. It
covers eight exhibition halls, namely the Prelude Hall,
Relics Hall, Folk Custom Hall, Silkworm Hall, Silk Manufacturing
Hall, Weaving Hall, Dyeing Hall and Achievements Hall.
Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin once described
it as "Promoting the ancient silk culture, and
exploiting a new Silk Road."Apart from these permanent
exhibitions, there are also some temporary special exhibitions,
five silk markets, canteen and tearoom. Therefore, to
spend day in the museum for the deep explore of China's
5,000-year silk culture and its developmental achievements
is an enjoyable experience.
Main Exhibition Halls
The museum displays the 5,000 years'
history and culture of silk in China, revealing the
brilliance of ancient Chinese people and the development
of Chinese nation. Here are brief introductions of some
main exhibition halls.
The Prelude Hall
When enter into the Prelude Hall, the
most impressive thing must be Silkworm Twining Map of
the Song Dynasty (960-1279), showing the history of
silk and the manufacture of silk in China. This hall
tells us that China is the earliest country that engaged
in sericulture, filature and making clothes with silk.
This hall reveals the development and
traditional culture of Chinese silk by exhibiting relics
from various districts of China, from north to south,
west to east. In this hall, you can appreciate a piece
of fragmentary brocade of Luo silk, which is regarded
as the earliest silk has ever been discovered dating
back 5,630 years.
Dyeing Hall and Weaving Hall
Dyeing Hall and Weaving Hall tells
visitors the process of dyeing and weaving silk through
models of dyeing and weaving tools, even some live demonstrations.
It shows the marvelous techniques of making silk as
well as the cultural connotation of different nationalities.
In Dyeing Hall, visitors are welcome to participate
in the activity and make silk crafts by themselves.China
National Silk Museum is a perfect place for leisure
and recreation with its modern facilities, elegant surroundings
and profound culture. The museum itself is an educational
base for both adults and children to learn more about
silk history and culture.
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