CULTURE Chinese and South Korean researchers collaborate to restore traditional clothing

CULTURE

Chinese and South Korean researchers collaborate to restore traditional clothing

Global Times

20:55, March 31, 2019

The opening ceremony for an exhibition on traditional Korean clothing was held at the China National Silk Museum on Friday in Hangzhou, East China's Zhejiang Province.

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China National Silk Museum on Friday in Hangzhou (Photos: VCG)

A total of 115 pieces of clothing produced by researchers and students at the Korea National University of Cultural Heritage will be on display at the Traditional Korean Costumes and Textiles exhibition until June 9. The pieces on display reflect Korean dressing styles from the 14th to the 20th century. Many pieces are replicas of royal costumes of the Joseon Dynasty (1392 - 1897).

At the opening ceremony, Kim Youngmo, the president of Korea National University of Cultural Heritage, noted that he hopes the exhibition will further promote the cultural exchanges between the two countries. 

Also at the museum is an exhibition of silk clothing unearthed from a 500-year-old tomb that were restored through the combined efforts of Chinese and South Korean researchers. 

Running from March 15 to May 5, the Costumes in Memory exhibition is also displaying 12 restored silk clothes from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and five replicas of silk clothing from the same period. 

The costumes were discovered in Ming Dynasty tombs unearthed in Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province in 2006. Restoration work was completed in 2014 and the replicas were finished in 2018. 

Zhao Feng, curator of the China National Silk Museum, said at the opening ceremony on Friday that the traditional Chinese and Korean costumes are culturally connected to each other in many ways and that having the two sides work together was beneficial for the preservation and restoration of the relics in both countries. 

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