Between 1985 and 1998 five ancient cemeteries were excavated near Zaghunluq (Qiemo) on the southern rim of the Taklamakan desert in Xinjiang, China. They span a time range from the 8th century BC to the 6th century AD. Textiles survived particularly well in the arid sands, many of them as complete garments. Made from wool, silk and cotton they show striking ornamental and animal patterns. The book presents a selection of these rich textile finds in words and pictures, including full technical descriptions and close ups.
Jointly published by the Abegg-Stiftung and Cultural Relics Press, Beijing | With contributions by Wang Bo, Wang Mingfeng, Minawar Happar and Lu Lipeng | 376 p., 213 colour illus., 26 line drawings, soft binding, 24 x 30 cm, 2016, ISBN 978-3-905014-60-0