Archeological fabric research, an established branch of modern archeology, and the historic and contemporary significance of silk, are some of the subjects of the international symposium ‘Silk in Ancient Greece and its Resonance’, to be held at the Swedish Institute in Athens, on September 19-22.
It is organized in collaboration with the Hellenic Centre for Research and Conservation of Archaeological Textiles (ARTEX), the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation (PIOP) and Sweden’s Lund University.
Researchers from across the world will convene in Athens to discuss and present new research on silk, within a broad historical framework that includes the Bronze Age in Greece, classical Athens, Rome, Byzantium, Scandinavia, and reaches as far as the post-Byzantine times.
Textiles researchers say modern research takes advantage of all available resources and new technologies, to allow for interdisciplinary collaboration between the humanities and the sciences, thus increasing knowledge and understanding of ancient textiles.
A collection of modern silk garments and accessories from the collections of the China National Silk Museum will also be presented in the exhibition ‘Tradition Meets Fashion’ that opens on September 20 at The Silk Museum in Soufli.
The Soufli Silk Museum is of the thematic museums founded and supported by the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation.
The exhibition explores the weaving, dyeing, embroidery and silk printing techniques developed over China’s 5000-year history of making and using silk, and the important role that it has played in the history of China and the world. Combining tradition and modern design, it presents art objects that promote Chinese silk culture and act as a bridge between the Chinese and Greek civilizations.