Power Dressing

This magnificently illustrated catalogue accompanies the Asian Civilisations Museum exhibition of costumes and textiles from the Chris Hall Collection. The annotated colour plates of 150 artefacts are introduced by essays written by specialists that cover: the history of silk in China; silk textiles as symbols of power and prestige; the preservation of textile objects. With translations of inscriptions, tabulated rank insignia of the Ming period, chronology of China's history, glossary of technical terms. Illustrated in colour, with bibliography and index of Chinese terms.