The 9th ISS “From the Silk Road to the World 絲路之纈: Compression Resist世界壓縮的纖維: Shibori絞纈, Clamp-resist夾纈, and Ikat絣, took place in Hangzhou, China, hosted by the China National Silk Museum(CNSM 中国絲绸博物館) and World Shibori Network(ワールド絞りネットワーク). The symposium was a five day program in Hangzhou, including a plenary session with keynote speakers; presentation of scholarly papers and technical demonstrations; on-site conservation seminars; artist talks; guided tours of exhibitions; workshops; day tour to Hangzhou Art and Crafts Museum and China TUBU store; optional two-day field trip to Yueqing to experience an early morning herb market, indigo farm and clamp resist artisan. There was a 10-13 day post-conference tour to Xianjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region 新疆维吾尔自治区 including 吐魯(Tǔlǔfān), 乌鲁木齐(Ürümqi ئۈرۈمچى ), 喀什(Kāshíقەشقەر or Kāshígé’ěr) and 和田 (Hétián خوتەن) and extension to Xi’An(Shaanxi Province) and the Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang (Gansu Province).

The 9th ISS will be comprised of these proposed topics:

  • Archaeology 考古學
  • Ethnography 民族志
  • Fashion 時尚 & Costume 服装
  • Art 藝術
  • Compression Resist 防染印花
  • Conservation 文物修復
  • Natural Dye and Empowering People
  • Technology and Design
  • Education

The International Shibori Symposium is a platform for artists, artisans, designers, scientists, scholars, academic institutions, industries, galleries and museums to come together and discuss a wide range of issues. The ISS connects and creates an international open exchange, both preserving tradition and promoting new developments through contemporary adaptations. First held in 1992 in Nagoya, Japan, the ISS is organized by the World Shibori Network (www.shibori.org)and has convened a total of eight times in culturally rich textile regions across the globe: Japan 1992 & 2005; India 1996; Chile 1999; UK 2002; Australia 2004; France 2008; Hong Kong 2011; ISS Hangzhou 2014 was the ninth.

The World Shibori Network is proud to name the following esteemed institutions as current or previous hosts of the ISS: Institute of Textiles & Clothing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HONG KONG; Paris American Academy, musee du quai Branly, and Universite Lumiere Lyon2, FRANCE; Tama Art University, Tokyo, JAPAN; Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, AUSTRALIA; International Knitting & Stitching Show, Harrogate, UK; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, CHILE; National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, INDIA.

World Shibori Network is also associated with Natural Dye WorkshopSlow Fiber Studios and the official Slow Fiber Studios online shop.

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