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Fur coat from Hami, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, P.R. China.
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The project “Silk Road Fashion” seeks to open a dialogue with 3000-year old clothing once worn in eastern central Asia

Interdisciplinary Sino-German research project decodes the “Language of Clothes”

“Clothes make the Man” – this saying is valid as much today as it was 3000 years ago, because, like a second skin, clothes envelop the human body and provide a method of identification, even before a word is spoken. Communication via clothing is a means of expressing lifestyle and thought; it is an indicator of union or isolation. The project "Silk Road Fashion" devotes itself to this subject by investigating textiles, some 3000 years old, uncovered in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of northwestern China. These extraordinary relics, which were naturally conserved due to the extremely arid climatic conditions prevailing in this region, are of great value in the investigation into the lives of the eastern central Asian population between 1000 BC and 300 AD.

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Fig. 1: Entrance to the Dule-Temple (Jixian, Prov. Tianjin)
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Restoration-Conservation and Research Project: “The Timber Wood Constructions of Liao – Structure, History, Preservation”

At present a building research project under the direction of Prof. Thekla Schulz-Brize (OTH/  University of applied Science Regensburg) and in cooperation with the Chinese Academy of Cultural Heritage (CACH) is being prepared. Its aim is to profoundly examine the Liao-time architecture in North-eastern China and to do research on new aspects.

Fig. 1: Museum curators are learning the conservatory treatment of leather objects under the supervision of Mrs Regine Vogel, conservator of archaeological items at the LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn, at the Chinese Academy of Cultural Heritage in Beijing in October 2013. © DAI.
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Workshop on conservation and restoration of leather at the Chinese Academy of Cultural Heritage in Beijing

August 20th– December 5th 2013: A workshop on the conservation and restoration of leather is currently being conducted in association with the “Silk Road Fashion” project held by the Chinese Academy of Cultural Heritage in cooperation with the Beijing Branch Office of the German Archaeological Institute and the LVR-LandesMuseum, Bonn.

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Silk Road Fashion: Clothes as a means of communication in the 1st millennium BC, Eastern Central Asia