Oriental Silk : RISD Screening

Presented by Rhode Island School of Design. Following the screening, director Xiaowen Zhu and Professor Rachel Silberstein had a discussion about textile, cultural heritage, documentary, international identity and diaspora. Rachel Silberstein is a historian of Chinese material culture, with a particular interest in fashion, dress, and textiles. She recently completed a D.Phil in Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford, in the Department of Oriental Studies. Her dissertation, Embroidered Figures: Commerce and Culture in the Nineteenth-Century Chinese Fashion System, explored how Chinese women’s dress was transformed by the commercialization of handicrafts and the popularization of dramat

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