When Foshan intangible cultural heritages - tea art, porcelains, silks - meet Al Sadu, traditional weaving from Kuwait, what sparks will be generated for visitors?
On April 8th, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Kuwait, a digital exhibition for intangible cultural heritages (ICH) of China and Kuwait was kicked off in Foshan. The exhibition was a collaborative effort by Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People's Republic of China, Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the State of Kuwait, Consulate General of the State of Kuwait in Guangzhou, China Cultural Media Group and the Department of Culture and Tourism of Guangdong Province.
The exhibition was presented in Zhicheng Western Arts Museum, Dali Town, Nanhai District. Supported by AR shooting technology, the exhibition was able to reach audiences both “online and offline” by providing immersive digital exhibition “halls”. The art display aims to give full play to unique cultural charm of China and Kuwait.
Let’s now take a look at what was interesting.
Four exhibition areas staging ICH from China and Kuwait
Items of classic Chinese ICHs on display
The exhibition is divided into exhibition areas that focus on intangible heritage resources of China and Kuwait, two nations with profound cultural deposits, exquisite cultural styles and, most notably, the ability to inherit, adapt and evolve in modern days.
The Pearl on Silk Road – a bridge to oriental culture on ‘Belt and Road’”. This exhibit area gathers tea arts, porcelains, and silks, which act as cultural messengers between the East and the West as shown by foreign trades on Ancient Silk Road and frequent cultural exchanges on the Belt and Road Initiative today.
gambiered canton gauze
“Elegance of life – classic life lived by ancient Chinese literati”. This section recaptured life scenes of traditional Chinese literati. Here, you will find yourselves in a classical study surrounded by classical furniture, works of art, antique decorations and their classy entertainments such as enjoying scents, playing instruments and appreciating paintings. You will get to understand how ancient Chinese literati seek spiritual cultivation by living an artistic life.
“Inheriting ingenuity – craftsmanship empowered by innovation”. For this area, the designer seeks to showcase how time-honored intangible heritages are carried forward in various ways and gain diversified development in modern China. Items on display come from Guangzhou, Foshan of Guangdong Province and Langfang of Hebei Province, as well as cultural and creative products inspired by traditional local culture.
Weaving tools from Ancient China
“Al Sadu - traditional weaving skills from Kuwait”. The exhibition specializes “Al Sadu” weaving, an iconic intangible cultural heritage from Kuwait, along with items about date palm tree (overall knowledge, skills, traditions and customs). “Al Sadu” is an ornamental weaving technique engaged by Bedouin women, and was widely used in furniture and decoration of camels, horses and other livestock. As one of the oldest species in the world, date palm tree bear fruits well-known as desert bread, which also boosts the communication among Arabic, Islamic, European and Eastern civilizations. As societies develop rapidly, Al Sadu and date palm tree planting have transformed from skills into cultural carriers that are carried forward from one generation to another.
Innovative ways to promote traditional culture
Delegates from the China and Kuwait
Zhang Yuanzheng, deputy director of the Foshan Bureau of Culture, Radio, Television, Tourism and Sports, noted in his speech that he hopes the digital exhibition will open up new paths for future cultural exchanges and gather new experiences for cultural transmission. Thus, Kuwaiti people can better understand Chinese culture and appreciate Lingnan culture.
There have been so far 66 intangible cultural heritage projects in Foshan. In this exhibition, you can see 12 intangible heritage projects from Nanhai - lion dance, gambiered canton gauze, bamboo weaving, rattan weaving, gold foil forging and more, attracting many on-site and online audiences.
Collections of wisdom from Ancient China
“Both China and Kuwait are richly loaded with intangible cultural heritages, both traditional and modern ones. This exhibition allows us to have a closer look on that.” said by Abdulaziz Almazhe, Consul General of the State of Kuwait in Guangzhou. He hoped this digital exhibition can deliver mutual growth for cultural heritages, cultural diversity and creativity, and strengthen the bilateral relationship.
Abdulaziz Almazhe was very interested in Nanhai rattan weaving. He thought it is amazing to weave various decorations and items with a single rattan.
Location: Zhicheng Western Arts Museum, Dali Town, Nanhai District
Time: from this date to July 8th
Online exhibition: click here or scan the QR code
Author | Jersey
Revisor | Jessica, Eleanor
Source | Nanfang Plus