Jili Silk used for imperial robes in Qing Dynasty returns to the public

By Chen Ziqi China Plus Published: 2018-07-10 13:50:38
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Written by Chen ZIqi; narrated by Ken Smith

[Photo: from VCG]

[Photo: from VCG]

Jili Silk is a world-famous fabric, with more than a thousand years of history. It was once used for making imperial robes for the emperor of the Qing Dynasty and was presented as a birthday gift to Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom of Britain. 

But this fine and precious silk is facing a threat from the trend of industrialization. To stop it from vanishing, one 71-year old inheritor is devoting himself to promoting the craftsmanship to the future generation. 

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