Under the guidance of the Department of Intangible Cultural Heritage, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the “Fabrics of Glory – 2021 China Intangible Cultural Heritage Costume Show”, co-organized by the Prince Kung’s Palace Museum, the Department of Tourism, Culture, Radio, Television and Sports of Hainan Province and other departments, was held in Yazhou Ancient Town, Sanya, Hainan province, from March 14 to 15.
Wang Xiaofeng, Party member of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Fu Caixiang, member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Hainan Provincial Committee and governor of the Hainan provincial government, Zhong Jianbo, deputy director of the Department of Intangible Cultural Heritage, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Wang Jing, deputy director of the Prince Kung’s Palace Museum, Liu Cheng, deputy director of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Radio, Television and Sports of Hainan Province, Fu Xiurong, deputy director of the Ethnic and Religious Affairs Commission of Hainan Province, Tan Ping, member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Sanya Committee and deputy mayor of Sanya, and Chen Hang, first-level inspector of the Department of Culture and Tourism of Guangdong Province, attended the opening ceremony.
Wang Xiaofeng and Fu Caixiang beat the drum together to launch the event at the opening ceremony.
At the opening ceremony, Wang Xiaofeng and Fu Caixiang beat the drum together to launch the event. Zhong Jianbo, Liu Cheng, Tan Ping and Wang Jing addressed the ceremony respectively.
The opening ceremony of the event
With the theme of “Fabrics of Glory and Innovative Inheritance Making Good Life”, the costume show presented Li brocade, Miao weaving and dyeing embroidery, Song brocade and costumes derived from movies and TV series. The intricate integration of multiple representative intangible cultural heritage items and modern clothing designs reveals exquisite traditional crafting and magnificent creative design.
Li brocade costume show
The Li-brocade-themed intangible cultural heritage costume show revealed the characteristics of Li, an ethnic group in China. Designers designed and made new Li brocade costumes by combining international trends, popular colors and crafts. The precious dragon quilt (Yazhou quilt) was also exhibited on-site. In Oct, 2009, the traditional Li weaving, dyeing and embroidery crafts from Hainan province were officially included by UNESCO in its first list of intangible cultural heritage in urgent need of protection.
Miao weaving, dyeing and embroidery costume show
In the Miao-weaving-and-dyeing-embroidery-themed intangible cultural heritage costume show, designers were inspired by the 2,000-year-old Miao pleated skirt. By employing the crafts of tin embroidery, batik, split-thread embroidery and fabrics and mineral dyes endemic to southwest ethnic minorities, the mountain and water scenery of western Hunan was captured in the skirts’ pleats.
Song brocade costume show
In the Song-brocade-themed intangible cultural heritage costume show, designers integrated Song brocade with Chinese paintings. Song brocade is a traditional Chinese silk handicraft and was included in the first list of national intangible cultural heritage of China in 2006.
Movie and TV series costume show
In the movie and TV series intangible cultural heritage costume show, costumes on exhibit were selected from several hit costume dramas of recent years, and reflected the publicity of traditional culture and crafts in movies and TV series. Traditional weaving and embroidery crafts, including kesi, seeding embroidery, filigree inlaying, velvet flowers and mother-of-pearl, were used in the costume design.
Show of costume designed by young designers
In order to encourage the younger generations to inherit intangible cultural heritage, a new section was added this year to invite post-80s and post-90s designers that have graduated from international first-level design institutes to combine traditional Chinese culture with international popular elements.
In addition the extraordinary costume shows, the 2021 Fabrics of Glory academic seminar was held. Experts, representative designers and relevant groups discussed the innovation, multimedia publicity, multiple area coordination and multiple profession cooperation of intangible cultural heritages.
2021 was the centenary year of the establishment of the Communist Party of China, the first year of the 14th Five-Year Plan and a crucial year in deepening reform and opening-up and accelerating the construction of a Free Trade Port in Hainan. This year’s Fabrics of Glory event was held in Hainan, creating an excellent cultural atmosphere for the construction of a Free Trade Port with Chinese characteristics. It aimed to integrate culture and tourism with local cultural features, inherit traditional Chinese culture, strengthen the systematic protection of important culture, natural heritage, intangible cultural heritage, and facilitate the reservation and inheritance of excellent traditional crafts of different ethnics.