NMC Collects Song Brocade Scroll Retelling History of the Silk Road

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Hand-painted Long Scroll of the Silk Road, Song brocade version (part)

Covering more than 40 historical texts, 80 important figures and 70 major events, a 21-meter-long Song brocade version of Hand-painted Long Scroll of the Silk Road was collected by the National Museum of China.

Following a historical timeline, the scroll narrates stories from ancient mulberries planting and sericulture to the building of the New Silk Road, reflecting the development of civilization and culture along the Silk Road in different periods.

Song brocade, also known as Suzhou Song brocade named after its main production center, is one of the traditional silk handicrafts in China. Together with Nanjing Yunjin brocade and Sichuan Shu embroidery, they are credited as the three most renowned brocades in China. Song brocade was listed in the first batch of China's national-level intangible cultural heritage in 2006, and as World Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in September 2009.

In July 2019, the Song brocade version of Hand-painted Long Scroll of the Silk Road was listed as "the world's longest silk handicraft made using Song brocade weaving technique" by the Carrying the Flag World Records.

Source: National Museum of China