Exhibition weaves Songjiang’s cloth story

A Songjiang cloth exhibition is now on at the suburban district’s art museum, having run through the National Day holiday.

The cloth is one of the two local traditional treasures besides four-gill perch. According to historical data, cloth products made in Songjiang once accounted for two thirds of the 45 million rolls sold in 1860 during the Qing Dynasty (1616-1912).

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, the exhibition has collected more than 100 items from different parts of the district.

There are cloth pieces as well as qipao, tea bags, book covers and other cultural innovation products made from cloth.

The clothes weaved with different patterns demonstrate local folk art and proficient weaving skills. The images dyed, on the other hand, showcase people’s living conditions, Lu Chunbiao, curator of the facility, revealed.

Highly educated people, for example, would put on Chinese cultural patterns like bamboo and orchid while common folks used daily plants like goji and wild grass, Lu added.