The 3rd Silk Road (Dunhuang) International Cultural Expo was inaugurated on Sept 27 in the ancient city of Dunhuang, Northwest China’s Gansu province. This year’s expo aims to showcase the charm of the ancient Silk Road, promote people-to-people exchange and build a more beautiful and harmonious world.
A series of artworks called “Everlasting Beauty of Dunhuang”, which has been jointly developed by Dunhuang artist Chang Shana, the dean of School of Fine Arts, Tsinghua University, and Suzhou Xiuniang Silk Co., Ltd, are being exhibited and have wowed audiences at the expo.
As the only comprehensive exposition themed on BRI cultural exchanges, the Dunhuang expo is initiated by the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee, and is hosted by Gansu Provincial People’s Government, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People’s Republic of China, National Radio and Television Administration and China Council for the Promotion of International Trade.
Chang Shana has been dedicated to the protection, research and education of the Dunhuang art. She has been enlightened by the charm of the nature and formed a fresh and elegant artistic style. Suzhou Xiuniang Silk, one of the leading suppliers of silk products, has been making efforts to showcase innovations in the traditional silk industry and to spread the Chinese silk culture. Their collaborative artworks “Everlasting Beauty of Dunhuang” are fantastic examples of integrating the Dunhuang art into the design of life products.
For this silk series, Xiuniang Silk has set up a special research and development team specialized in fabric weaving, Su embroidery, pattern design and accessories design. The artists drew inspiration from Dunhuang caisson patterns and chose to make the products with light and thin Suzhou silk gauze tie-dyed by hand. The richly embroidered series include silk dresses, scarves and evening bags, presenting a perfect combination of traditional Chinese crafts of weaving, dyeing and embroidery and bearing witness to the inheritance and innovation of the traditional silk culture.
After the opening ceremony, the “Everlasting Beauty of Dunhuang” series of artworks will go on a 20-day tour exhibition.