Exhibition chronicles Silk Road trip

By BO LEUNG in London | China Daily Global | Updated: 2021-04-08 09:29
Share - WeChat
Altit Fort, an ancient defensive site in Altit town in the Hunza valley in Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Throughout his four-month journey, Wilton-Steer met dozens of artisans, from gondola makers in Venice and illuminators in Istanbul to metal workers in Isfahan, ceramicists in Samarkand, wood workers in Baltistan and calligraphers in Xi'an.

Wilton-Steer hopes his images can also raise awareness about craft heritage in modern society.

"Unfortunately, a lot of traditional craftsmanship is under threat from mass produced goods, increases in the cost of raw materials or simply changing tastes. As a result, many crafts and the knowledge that goes with them, which sometimes has been passed down through generations for hundreds or even thousands of years, are disappearing, which is tragic. These crafts connect us to our past and tells stories about who we are. I believe they have great value," he said.

With so many memories from his journey to choose from, he said Kyrgyzstan was one place that was very different to what he had imagined.

|<< Previous 1 2 3 4 5 Next   >>|

Related Stories

Copyright 1995 - . All rights reserved. The content (including but not limited to text, photo, multimedia information, etc) published in this site belongs to China Daily Information Co (CDIC). Without written authorization from CDIC, such content shall not be republished or used in any form. Note: Browsers with 1024*768 or higher resolution are suggested for this site.
License for publishing multimedia online 0108263

Registration Number: 130349