4 August 2011

World's First Search for the Origins of Barkcloth Culture from an Archaeological Perspective
CUHK Hosts 'Origins of Clothes - Barkcloth' Exhibition



The 'Origins of Clothes – Barkcloth' exhibition, co-organized by the Centre for Chinese Archaeology and Art at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Guangdong Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics, and Archaeology and Art Exhibitions China, will be held at the Art Museum on CUHK campus from tomorrow (5 August) to 4 January 2012. This is a popular science exhibition about the search for human's oldest clothes' traces, and is also the world's first search for the origins of barkcloth clothes from an archaeological perspective, which is of great significance. 

The opening ceremony of 'Origins of Clothes – Barkcloth' exhibition was held today (4 August). It was officiated by Prof.Shun Kwong-loi, Director, Institute of Chinese Studies, CUHK; Prof. Wang Wei, Director, Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; Ms. Su Guifen, Director General, Administration of Cultural Heritage of Guangdong Province; Prof. Ho Hon-wai, Vice-President,Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica; Prof. Hsiung Ping Chen, Faculty of Arts, CUHK; Prof. David Faure, CUHK-CCK Foundation Asia-Pacific Centre for Chinese Studies; Dr. Louis Ng Chi Wah, Assistant Director (Heritage and Museums) of Leisure and Cultural Services Department; Mr. He Bin, Director, Guangdong Provincial Institute of Relics and Archaeology; Prof. Peter Lam, Director, Art Museum, CUHK; and Prof. Tang Chung, Director, Centre for Chinese Archaeology and Art, CUHK. 

Barkcloth clothes is an important branch of the human clothing systems. Academics recently pointed out that the global barkcloth culture might be originated from South China, especially the area from Yunnan to Lingnan. The world's oldest barkcloth clothes making tools, radiocarbon dated to around 7,000 years ago, were unearthed in Hong Kong and Pearl River estuary such as Shenzhen, Zhuhai, etc. This exhibition will show the prominence of Hong Kong’s ancient culture in the world history. 

This exhibition will showcase valuable artefacts of barkcloth stone beaters from Hong Kong, mainland China and Taiwan. This is the second exhibition of the 'Forget Me Not – The Historical Roots of Hong Kong' series following the 'Forget Me Not – the historical roots of Hong Kong and Shenzhen' exhibition last year. 

Public is welcome. Free admission. Details of the exhibition are as below:

Exhibition Period:  5.8.2011 – 4.1.2012
(closed on 24 & 31 December 2011 and public holidays)

Exhibition Venue:  Gallery III & IV, East Wing, Art Museum, CUHK

Opening hours:  Mon to Sun, 10am to 5pm.

Enquiries:  3943 7371

The oldest barkcloth making tool in the world - from the Xiantouling site, Shenzhen.
The oldest barkcloth making tool in the world - from the Xiantouling site, Shenzhen.

Barkcloth stone beater from the Fu Tei site, Hong Kong
Barkcloth stone beater from the Fu Tei site, Hong Kong

Barkcloth clothes made by the Li People in Hainan
Barkcloth clothes made by the Li People in Hainan

Stone beater in-situ near the 6,200-year-old house remains at the Tai Wan site in Hong Kong
Stone beater in-situ near the 6,200-year-old house remains at the Tai Wan site in Hong Kong

Distribution of stone beaters in South China and Vietnam
Distribution of stone beaters in South China and Vietnam

Barkcloth making
Barkcloth making


Ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of 'Origins of Clothes - Barkcloth' Exhibition. From left: Prof. Peter Lam, Director, Art Museum, CUHK; Mr. He Bin, Director, Guangdong Provincial Institute of Relics and Archaeology; Prof. Ho Hon-wai, Vice-President, Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica; Prof. Hsiung Ping Chen, Faculty of Arts, CUHK; Prof. Wang Wei, Director, Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; Prof. Shun Kwong-loi, Director, Institute of Chinese Studies, CUHK; Ms. Su Guifen, Director General, Administration of Cultural Heritage of Guangdong Province; Prof. David Faure, CUHK-CCK Foundation Asia-Pacific Centre for Chinese Studies; Dr. Louis Ng Chi Wah, Assistant Director (Heritage and Museums) of Leisure and Cultural Services Department; and Prof. Tang Chung, Director, Centre for Chinese Archaeology and Art, CUHK
Ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of 'Origins of Clothes - Barkcloth' Exhibition. From left: Prof. Peter Lam, Director, Art Museum, CUHK; Mr. He Bin, Director, Guangdong Provincial Institute of Relics and Archaeology; Prof. Ho Hon-wai, Vice-President, Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica; Prof. Hsiung Ping Chen, Faculty of Arts, CUHK; Prof. Wang Wei, Director, Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; Prof. Shun Kwong-loi, Director, Institute of Chinese Studies, CUHK; Ms. Su Guifen, Director General, Administration of Cultural Heritage of Guangdong Province; Prof. David Faure, CUHK-CCK Foundation Asia-Pacific Centre for Chinese Studies; Dr. Louis Ng Chi Wah, Assistant Director (Heritage and Museums) of Leisure and Cultural Services Department; and Prof. Tang Chung, Director, Centre for Chinese Archaeology and Art, CUHK

A group photo of attending guests
A group photo of attending guests