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Gambiered Guangdong gauze: new look of cultural heritage

Updated: 2019-11-07

Guangzhou’s Nansha district is presenting an intangible cultural heritage video series on the Xuexi app. An episode in the series introduces a local treasure -- gambiered Guangdong gauze.


A shot in the video episode presenting gambiered Guangdong gauze [Photo/gznsnews.com.cn]

Gambiered Guangdong gauze (Xiangyunsha), dubbed “soft gold”, is a valuable silk fabric dating back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It is listed as a state-level intangible cultural heritage.

It always reminds people of an ancient beauty wearing gorgeous clothes dancing in the moonlight. Accompanied by strains of melody, the fabric flutters gently with the wind.

The preciousness lies in its far-reaching and detailed manufacturing process, a dyeing and printing technique using silks made from extractions from plants and minerals.

This kind of dress material feels comfortable and pleasantly cool, and is beneficial to the skin.

Nansha district is its place of origin.

Gambiered Guangdong gauze is now becoming a favorite in fashion circles. Designers are turning the traditional drapery into uniquely charming clothes by bringing in trendy concepts.

Dozens of professional models recently displayed the special garments at local representative sites including the Temple of the Goddess of Heaven and famous composer Sinn Sing Hoi ’s former residence.


Models display special clothes made of gambiered Guangdong gauze at China International Fashion Week. [Photo/gznsnews.com.cn]

The gauze was also featured on the stage of China International Fashion Week, where the Lingnan folk culture behind it was introduced to the world. 

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