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Shang Xia Beijing Bamboo Craftsmanship Exhibition

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Shang Xia, a sister brand of France’s illustrious  Hermès, prides itself on promoting traditional Chinese craftsmanship and making such techniques relevant to contemporary design. This is no better evidence of this than in Shang Xia’s exhibition of bamboo weaving in the atrium of the shopping mall at Beijing’s World Trade Centre launching today until June 9.

Walking into its Beijing store Shang Xia’s principles are evident. Kengo Kuma’s stunningly designed store is styled with the most modern materials and pu’er tea wood which interlock to form airy, light-filled shelves and display cabinets for Shang Xia’s products. For the bamboo exhibition specially made bamboo screens have been crafted and fitted to add extra tranquillity to the surroundings.

When entertaining in a Chinese home the tea set is the focal point. Four tea sets, Bridge-Bamboo Woven Porcelain, Dragon Cloud-Gilded Bamboo Woven Porcelain, Bridge Three-Tone Woven Bamboo and Bridge Hand-Painted, take centre stage at the exhibition.

Alongside these wares Shang Xia will also be displaying exquisite clothing and jewellery. Once again tradition meets modernity, and East meets West in the inception of these pieces. The setting of the ‘Dragon Cloud’ bracelets, necklaces and cuff links are reminiscent of Chanel joaillerie but its dreamy pattern is distinctively Chinese. The ‘Essence’ series of jewellery uses the finest natural materials and features filigree, an art form revived from the imperial court. Gold threads and diamonds are seamlessly inset into Zitan wood as if nature had made the object that way.

Traditional Chinese winter coats inspired the ‘Jin Yi’. Shang Xia replaces traditional cotton wadding with superior silk to keep out the cold and enhance softness. Each coat is reversible making it incredibly versatile. ‘Sculpture’ scarves are made using Mongolia’s rarest cashmere and techniques similar to the hand-felting of fabric for Mongolian yurts. The scarves’ seams are cleverly upturned to create a complex texture.

This exhibition is a masterclass in China’s past and future.

Via AnyWearStyle

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