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Silk

ca. 1935 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

China had been the world's major supplier of woven silk for many centuries. In the 1930s it was facing strong competition from Europe. However its domestic market was large enough and manufacturers were willing to invest in silk-weaving machinery. This modest length of damask silk was one such machine-woven product from the Zhehu Dachang Silk Factory in Zhejiang.


Object details

Category
Object type
Materials and techniques
Damask
Brief description
Length of ivory damask silk with landscape pattern, by Zhehu Dachang Chou Chang, China, ca. 1935
Physical description
Patterned with landscape
Dimensions
  • Length: 268cm
  • Width: 71.5cm
Marks and inscriptions
'Zhe hu da chang chou chang' (On the borders.)
Credit line
Given by Pamela Marchant
Object history
Wedding present given to two Scots, Lieut Tom Marchant and Robina Bookless, who got married in Chongqing, west China, in 1935.
Summary
China had been the world's major supplier of woven silk for many centuries. In the 1930s it was facing strong competition from Europe. However its domestic market was large enough and manufacturers were willing to invest in silk-weaving machinery. This modest length of damask silk was one such machine-woven product from the Zhehu Dachang Silk Factory in Zhejiang.
Collection
Accession number
FE.579-2007

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Record createdApril 9, 2008
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