[ONLINE] Lecture: 'Silk–Kesi–Embroidery' with Ms. Lee Meiyin 絲-緙絲-刺繡 李美賢主講 (In Cantonese)

Date :
Saturday, 20 February 2021
Time :
14:30 – 16:30
Venue :
Cost :
Free with registration
Enquiries :
Alice Ko at [email protected] or 2241-5507

Watch the replay here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZigZSb5D8cY

For registration, please visit: https://hkuems1.hku.hk/hkuems/ec_hdetail.aspx?guest=Y&ueid=73479

In celebration of the Chinese New Year, the University of Hong Kong Museum Society and the University Museum and Art Gallery are pleased to invite Ms. Lee Meiyin to give a lecture on silk, kesi and embroidery. This lecture, conducted in Cantonese, is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Pictorial Silks: Chinese Textiles from the UMAG Collection.

China is widely recognised for four great inventions (compass, papermaking, gunpowder and printing), but the list of inventions goes beyond. A prime example is the production of silk textiles weaved from filaments of silkworms which gave rise to the famed ‘Silk Road’.

In this lecture, Ms. Meiyin Lee will focus on three areas:
• Silk: Characteristics of silk and its archaeological discoveries
Kesi: Introduction of the characteristics, historical background, weaving methods and the appreciation of kesi
• Embroidery: Introduction to the contents of the exhibits



Ms. Lee Meiyin’s areas of research include the history, art and costumes of the ethnic minorities of China, Buddhist art, Dunhuang art, silk and embroideries. She previously served as HKUSPACE guest lecturer (2000-2010), as well as a member of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee. She is currently a specially appointed research fellow of Dunhuang Academy, a visiting associate professor of the Chu Hai College, and a Vice President of the Friends of Dunhuang (Hong Kong). She also serves on the Board of Dunhuang Grottoes Preservation and Research Foundation of China, and as an expert advisor to the public museums of Hong Kong.




因應香港大學美術博物館的展覽「如絲如畫」. 本講座的內容主要介紹:

  • 絲:蠶絲的特性與考古發現
  • 緙絲:介紹緙絲的特色、簡史、織造方法和賞析
  • 刺繡:主要介紹展品的刺繡內容




Kingfishers and hibiscuses

China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911), 18th century
Kesi (silk tapestry), hanging scroll, 114.9 x 41.5 cm
Gift of Dr Lam Kwok Pun