Presented as a whole, this extraordinary collection, which has remained largely unpublished until now, is a rich source of information not only for the history of textiles, but also for the history of the Silk Road itself. Scientific analysis has allowed a number of these textiles to be dated with precision for the first time, making the collection an especially valuable scholarly resource.
The exceptional beauty and variety of the c. 400 garments and textile fragments reflect the many strands of influence along the Silk Road. The textiles display an astonishing range of motifs, patterns and calligraphic designs. A selection of rare intact garments vividly evokes the lives of merchants, pilgrims and travellers, as well as the inhabitants of countries linked by the Silk Road.