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Feng Zhao

College positions:
Visiting Fellow
Textile History and Silk Roads Heritage
Needham Research Institute
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Professor Feng Zhao

Professor Feng Zhao is the dean of the School of Art and Archeology of Zhejiang University, and dean of the International Silk School of Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Hangzhou.

He was the founder and director of the China National Silk Museum, Hangzhou (deputy director 1991-2010, director 2010-2022, honorary director 2022 until now). During his career, he studied the history of silk technology at the Zhejiang Silk Engineer Institute (Zhejiang Sci-Tech University today) in Hangzhou and got his MA degree in 1984. Then he studied the history of textiles at the China Textile University (Donghua University today) in Shanghai and got his PhD in 1997. He got the fellowship and did research at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York for one year (1997-1998), at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto for two months in 1999, and at the British Museum in London in 2006. In 2000, he founded and became the director of the Chinese Center for Textile Identification and Conservation, which is now the Key Scientific Research Base of Textile Conservation of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage of China. In 2015, he founded the IASSRT, International Association for Study of the Silk Road Textiles, and became the president. Since 2015, he curated Silk Roads theme special exhibitions once a year. In 2019, he initiated Silk Road Week and Biennale of Natural Dyes, as well as founded the IIDOS, International Institute for Dialogues on the Silk Roads, at the China National Silk Museum. In 2022, he was elected as an Executive Board member of the ICOM, International Council of Museums. He also serves as a board member of CIETA, International Center for Study of Ancient Textiles, Lyon, vice president of the Chinese Museum Association, and a member of the National Cultural Heritage Committee, etc.

Select publications

  • 2022 Textiles and Clothing along the Silk Roads (Co-chief editor with Marie Louise Nosch), UNESCO, Paris, 2022.
  • 2019 A World of Looms: Weaving Technology and Textile Art (first editor with Sandra Sardjono and Christopher Buckley), Zhejiang University Press, Hangzhou
  • 2018 Chinese Silks and the Silk Road, Royal Collins Publisher, Quebec
  • 2014 Global Textiles Encounters (Second Editor), Oxbow Books, Oxford and Pennsylvania
  • 2012 Chinese Silks (Author and Chief Editor), Yale University Press, New Haven, CT
  • 2007 Textiles from Dunhuang in UK’s Collections (Chief editor), Donghua University Press, Shanghai
  • 2004 Liao Silk and Costume (English and Chinese), Muwentang, Hong Kong
  • 1999 Treasures in Silk, an Illustrated History of Chinese Textile Art (English and Chinese), ISAT Costume Squad, Hong Kong

Select Awards

  • 2023 Annual Person for Chinese Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2022
  • 2012 As the editor-in-chief of Chinese Silks, published by Yale University Press won the R.L. Shep Ethnic Textiles Book Award by the Textile Society of America
  • 2009 The project “Research on Textile and Weaving Technology of the Eastern Zhou Dynasty” won the Second Award in the National Cultural Heritage Science and Technology Innovation
  • 2007 As the editor-in-chief of The General History of Chinese Silk, published by Soochow University Press, won the First Chinese National Publication Award.

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