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Silk on the Silk Road Dr Susan Whitfield Wednesday 06 November 2019

At the start of the Silk Road, the complex technologies required for the production of cultivated silk were only known in China. Within several centuries they had spread across Afro-Eurasia. Dr Whitfield will tell the story of this diffusion, discussing examples of silks surviving from this period and how we can identify their origins from the weaves and designs.