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Imperial Silks (of the Manchu Court)
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
"When the nomadic Manchu warriors overthrew the Ming dynasty in 1644 and founded Ch'ing [Qing], they took over the world's largest population, greatest bureaucracy, and one of the most luxurious courts in existence. They remained, however, a clear minority... To ease an orderly political transition while guarding against total cultural assimilation, the Manchus adjusted to a Chinese style bureaucracy and adopted the Buddhist religion while simultaneously enforcing certain ethnic and cultural differences. One of the clearest distinctions made was that of court attire." An overview, plus 14 related examples of court attire from the Manchu period, all with descriptions.

Go to Museum Resource: http://archive.artsmia.org/art-of-asia/explore/explore-collection-imperial-silk...
Kimono
Victoria and Albert Museum
"Japan has a very rich textile history, a major focus of interest and artistic expression being the kimono. Meaning 'the thing worn,' the term kimono was first adopted in the mid-19th century." A special feature about the kimono, with in-depth discussions of the kimono's history, production (weaving, dyeing, embroidery), and decoration (symbols and motifs), plus 51 kimonos from the V&A's collection.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.vam.ac.uk/page/k/kimono/
Minneapolis Institute of Arts: The Art of Asia
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
The Explore the Collection section of this content-rich site features nearly 3,500 objects from the MIA's collection of Asian art. All images have a Zoom View; most images have descriptions. A Featured Objects section highlights 20 objects from the collection in great detail (through curator interviews), and six Featured Collections showcase objects in the following categories: 1) Ancient Chinese Bronzes; 2) Architectural Models; 3) Chinese Furniture; 4) Imperial Silks; 5) Taoist Art; and 6) Ukiyo-e. Users can also browse objects by country/region or by one of 15 subject categories (architecture, paintings, ceramics, drawings, etc.) or use the keyword search. An Add to My Collection feature allows users to create an online gallery to save and to share.

Go to Museum Resource: http://archive.artsmia.org/art-of-asia/explore/index.html
The Artful Fabric of Collecting
Jordan Schnitzner Museum of Art, University of Oregon
Chinese textiles from the collection of Gertrude Bass Warner (1863-1951), who… was particularly drawn to silk textiles and the people who produced them, primarily the women in private households and commercial workshops. Techniques and patterns of weaving silk for Chinese robes are demonstrated on the site. It was only in the 17th century when the production of court orders began to overwhelm the imperial workshops that commercial workshops took over some of the production. In these commercial workshops, most of them located in the Jiangnan area, the center of China’s silk production, male weavers relegated women to the groundworks of silk production: the rearing of the silkworms and reeling the silk of the cocoons. Embroidery remained the domain of women. They were the master embroiderers who developed the art to its height in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Their legacy can be admired in the textiles from the Warner collection.

Go to Museum Resource: https://glam.uoregon.edu/s/fabric-of-collecting/page/welcome
The Arts of Kashmir
Asia Society
"The Arts of Kashmir comprises works of Buddhist, Hindu, and Islamic art, including sculpture, painting, and calligraphy loaned from collections in the U.S., Europe, and India. Many of the objects have never been seen outside of India; in some cases they have never been exhibited or published anywhere. To provide a sense of the broad artistic contributions of this famously lush and beautiful region, the exhibition includes examples of stone and bronze sculptures and manuscript paintings, in addition to the fine examples of papier-mâché, carpets, shawls, and embroidery for which Kashmir is renowned."

Go to Museum Resource: http://sites.asiasociety.org/arts/kashmir/
Arts of the Samurai [PDF]
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
"The term samurai is derived from the word saburau, or “one who serves.” The evolution of the samurai from mounted guards to the nobility (during the twelfth century) and their subsequent ascent to military leaders of Japan (until imperial restoration during the nineteenth century) is chronicled in distinctive warrior arts and literary tradition. This packet examines the samurai through precious art objects from the museum’s collection. These include authentic military equipment (arms and armor), paintings depicting famed conflicts, ceremonial attire, and objects created for religious and cultural pursuits strongly connected with the samurai class."

Go to Museum Resource: https://education.asianart.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2019/12/ArtsofSamurai...
Batik – Textile Connections from China to Today
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Students will be able to analyze how traditional crafts reflect changing times, traditions, and cultural uses.

Go to Museum Resource: https://asia.si.edu/learn/for-educators/teaching-china-with-the-smithsonian/les...
Chinese Textiles from the Collection of The Field Museum
The Field Museum
A selection of images from the Museum's collection of Chinese folk textiles, which constitutes the largest collection of early-20th-century Chinese folk textiles in the world. Items includes clothing, household items, theatrical costumes, religious items, and other accessories. See also: The Carl Schuster Collection of Chinese Textiles.

Go to Museum Resource: https://www.fieldmuseum.org/node/4951
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