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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.

 

A group of four scientists and experts (‘Bauforscher’, surveyors and conservators) visited China from the 23rd of October to the 1st of November. The purpose of the visit was to carefully plan the costly procedure on site together with the Chinese colleagues, and to apply to a German investor for financial resources.

 

The tight schedule of the visit led the party in particularly to the Fengguo-Temple in Yixian (Province Liaoning) and to the Guanyin Pavilion of the Dule Temple in Jixian (Province Tianjin). The about one-thousand-year-old buildings will be the centre of the investigation. With their complex and refined structures they can be regarded as Chinese Architecture at it’s cultural height.

 

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Fig. 1: Map of the southern Xinjiang study region in western China showing old river courses and the sites selected for the project.

The language of clothes along the Silk Road: What does their wardrobe speak to us about humans between 1000 BC and 300 AD?

Clothes make the man, but not many can survive the ravages of time. Due to the extremely dry climate of western China, intact trousers, skirts and caftans as well as boots and leather coats are frequently brought to light during the course of archaeological excavations. Their hues and variety of fashion have aroused the worldwide attention of scientists of antiquity.

Under the title “Silk Road Fashion: Clothes as a means of communication in the 1st millennium BC, Eastern Central Asia”, a joint Chinese-German group of researchers are investigating garments excavated from modern Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of Western China. Various disciplines ranging from the arts to natural and technical sciences will be utilized within contemporary knowledge concerning quality of material, means of processing and the use of resources. For the first time, the diverse societies settling along the trading stations of the Silk Road will be characterized on the basis of their clothing.

Book-cover. (Source: Chinesische Academy of Cultural Heritage (ed.), Divine Garments with Seams – Collection of essays on the conservation and restoration of ancient Chinese textiles. Cultural Relics Press, Beijing 2009)
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Divine Garments with Seams – Collection of essays on the conservation and restoration of ancient Chinese textiles

The Chinese Academy of Cultural Heritage which has continuously organized and promoted the conservation and protection of ancient Chinese textiles unveils with this essay collection the mystery of the preservation and restoration of ancient fabrics.

Chinesische Academy of Cultural Heritage (ed.), Divine Garments with Seams – Collection of essays on the conservation and restoration of ancient Chinese textiles. Cultural Relics Press, Beijing 2009. ISBN 978-7-5010-2822-1.