To celebrate art and friendship, members are invited to the opening reception of Embroidered Identities: Ornately Decorated Textiles and Accessories of Chinese Ethnic Minorities, Highlights from the Collection of Mei-yin Lee. The event will kick off with a fashion show of many of the dresses and accessories from the collection. Modelled by fellow members, everyone will have a close-up view of these intricate pieces and are welcome to try on a few for fun. Come join us in ethnic dress (from anywhere in the world) and bring along a friend to celebrate your Society membership.
About the Exhibition
Supported by the Museum Society to commemorate the Societyâ€™s 25th and the Museumâ€™s 60th anniversaries, the exhibition demonstrates the wealth of colours, techniques and styles found in the on-going traditions of Chinese minority groups. Elaborately embroidered costumes and baby carriers, most of which originate from the Miao, Dong, Shui and Zhuang ethnic tribes of the south-western Chinese provinces of Guizhou, Yunnan and Guangxi are decorated with richly coloured, stitched and sewn ornamentations â€“ and sometimes silver applications â€“ indigenous to the particular culture and long-lived traditions they derive from. As some ethnic minorities lack a written script, the symbolism and colour-coding found in their textiles form a visual language that presents an important cultural and anthropological development and heritage still in practice today.
Collector Mei-yin Lee is a Special Research Fellow of the Dunhuang Academy and an advisor to the HK Institute for the Promotion of Chinese Culture. She has conducted in-depth research on Chinese ethnic culture, Buddhist art and Chinese embroidery for many years.