OATG Events Programme

Detail, Hmong (Miao), Guizhou, S W China Baby carrier - Pitt Rivers Museum 2000.35.1

Detail, Hmong (Miao) baby carrier, Guizhou, S W China - Pitt Rivers Museum 2000.35.1

The Oxford Asian Textile Group (OATG) annual programme includes a number of talks on a wide variety of textile related topics. Some lecturers are from the UK and some are specialists from overseas who are visiting England and enjoying some time in Oxford.

Talks may be held at different locations and times. Some may be held in the Education Department of the Ashmolean Museum, accessed by day via the main entrance to the Museum or, in the evening, by the side entrance of the Museum via St Giles Street from 6 pm.  Talks may also be held at the Pauling Center, 58a Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6QS or elsewhere. Please note the specified location and time given for each talk below.

Study visits are also arranged to museums and textile centres in Oxford and elsewhere, often to see material that is not on public exhibition. Sometimes we are fortunate enough to have the collector of the items, the researcher or the curator, to throw new light on the fabrics. Inevitably numbers must be restricted on these study days.

Thursday, 26 September 2019

The Cloth Banknote of the Sichuan-Shaanxi Soviet Government Workers and Farmers Bank

a Talk by Dr Paul Bevan, Christensen Fellow in Chinese Painting, Ashmolean Museum

Time: 6 pm for a 6.15 pm start

Location: The Pauling Centre, 58a Banbury Road, OX2 6QS Oxford

In China, during the turbulent decade of the 1930s, a number of Chinese Soviet areas were formed as a direct reaction to the violent government crackdown on membership of left-wing organisations that had taken place since the late 1920s. The most extensive of the Soviet areas, where large numbers of Communists made their homes, was the Jiangxi Soviet, established by Mao Zedong in 1931. In one less well-known soviet area in particular, due to the lack of paper supply, the government began to use cloth as a substitute for paper to print banknotes for local use. This banknote was printed using a modern printing press commandeered from a local warlord, and distributed by the Sichuan-Shaanxi Soviet Government Workers and Farmers Bank in 1933.

Dr Paul Bevan is Christensen Fellow in Chinese Painting at the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford and Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies and has taught modern Chinese literature and history at the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge and SOAS. His first book A Modern Miscellany - Shanghai Cartoon Artists, Shao Xunmei’s Circle and the Travels of Jack Chen, 1926-1938, Leiden: Brill, 2015, was hailed as “a major contribution to modern Chinese studies”; his second offering: “Intoxicating Shanghai”: Modern Art and Literature in Pictorial Magazines during Shanghai’s Jazz Age, is in the final stages of publication. His wide-ranging research interests focus primarily on the impact of Western art and literature on China during the country’s Republican Period (1911-1949).

Nearer the time it will be possible to Register via Eventbrite. Until then use the OATG Events link

Please do let us know in advance if you require any special assistance.

OATG events are free for members and £3 for non-members

Please be also advised that we will be taking pictures for our print and digital communication during the event. Please do let us know on the day if you  don't want to be photographed. Thank you.

Information about forthcoming events is also given in the OATG's journal Asian Textiles, which comes out in February, June and October.Members are encouraged to view this website regularly for the latest news on the OATG programme.. From time to time events are arranged at short notice as our speakers cannot always confirm their travel arrangements and availability in time for publication in Asian Textiles.  We don’t want you to miss out!

See the OATG blog where members can interact and keep up-to-date on textile news.

Contact the programme organisers for more information on the programme or with suggestions for events.

9 December 2009. Members of OATG being given a special tour of the new Textile Gallery at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford by its curator, Dr Ruth Barnes (standing, right)

9 December 2009.  Members of OATG being given a special tour of the new Textile Gallery at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford by its curator, Dr Ruth Barnes (standing, right) and former founding Chairman of OATG.