The Arts Society North Yorkshire & South Durham is holding a study day on Wednesday 6th November 2019. Anne Haworth will present ‘The Silk Road and the Sea – China’s Windows on the World’.

This promises to be a fascinating day for anyone interested in textiles, design or history.

Chinese Emperors and philosophers traditionally regarded their country as The Middle Kingdom, situated at the centre of the world. As they cultivated their minds and spirits, they faced inwards.

In contrast, merchants in China’s border regions faced outwards. On the western frontier, the ancient Silk Road witnessed an exchange of luxury goods: silk, perfumes, exotica and Persian glass carried by camel caravans over vast distances. On China’s eastern frontier stretched the sea on which Ivory, jewels and porcelain were traded along with tea, lacquer and painted wallpaper. Merchants, dancers and acrobats from central Asia thronged China’s capital Xi’an. Arab merchants settled in China’s port cities to be followed by ‘red-haired foreign devils’ from Europe, who brought Indian opium, gunboats and the new architectural styles of the Treaty Ports.

  • Wednesday 6th November 10am – 3pm
  • Worsall Village Hall, Yarm TS15 9QB
  • £35 (includes coffee and biscuits and buffet lunch)
  • Non-members welcome. Space is limited so please book in advance
  • Cheques made payable to North Yorkshire and South Durham DFAS
  • Please contact Della Kerr on 01325 721458 or email