[Screengrab from a Studio Red Dot video about Shanghai's Chinese Hand-Printed Blue Nankeen Exhibition Hall.]
Afternoon sinking spell? Maybe a two-minute escape to a cloth-filled secret garden in Shanghai will revive you. Studio Red Dot offers a peek into the boutique/intimate gallery known as Chinese Hand-Printed Blue Nankeen Exhibition Hall.
[Screengrab from Studio Red Dot's video .]
Nankeen is a type of indigo batik that was for centuries the cloth of the common people. According to Travel + Leisure, the exhibition hall has batik samples dating back to the 19th century along with tools of the textile trade like wooden printing blocks and wax-paper cutouts. It's interesting to contrast the "people's fabric" with the textiles currently on view in the V & A's exhibition, Imperial Chinese Robes from the Forbidden City. Click here for a virtual visit.
Related reading: Indigo by Jenny Balfour-Paul, Indigo Guys, and More Block Prints.