Dunhuang Academy: Scarf
As the amazing murals of Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes in Northwest China’s Gansu province have lured many tourists from home and abroad, the Dunhuang Academy has designed beautiful scarves based on the iconic motifs in the murals, so that visitors could "take" the cave murals back home as souvenirs. Among them, a scarf with motifs of dragons, phoenixes, and peony flowers inspired by a grotto mural looks colorful and attractive, and the pattern of the scarf also signifies auspiciousness and harmony.
Palace Museum: Hand-warming sleeve
If you need to warm your hand in the cold winter, an enchanting hand-warming sleeve released by the Palace Museum last winter may be one of your best choices. Based on a kesi silk tapestry with embroidery of nine yang dispersing the cold (Jiujiu xiaohan tu, graphic representations of the eighty-one days of winter) from the museum’s collection items, the hand-warming sleeve also symbolizes an auspicious and peaceful beginning for the upcoming new year.
Palace Museum: Pocket watches
The Gallery of Clocks in the Palace Museum exhibits domestic and foreign clocks and timepieces dating from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. Inspired by the museum’s selected European and American mechanical clocks from the Qing imperial collection, three exquisite portable pocket watches have been launched by the Palace Museum. Do they evoke nostalgia for you?
Palace Museum: Cylinder bag
What a fashionable cylinder bag! Inspired by a sundial and a blue astrolabe instrument of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) from the museum’s collection, the Palace Museum has rolled out a dark blue cylinder bag that integrates the Chinese and Western elements of these two ancient scientific instruments. This creative cylinder bag with gold star motifs looks very chic and has gained a lot of popularity among young Chinese people.
Xinjiang Museum: Scarf
Have you ever thought of wearing cultural relics on your neck? As the “Five stars rise in the East” arm protector from the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220) unearthed from the Niya Ruins in Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region is the most precious treasure of the Xinjiang Museum, the museum used the motifs of this arm protector to design and launch a colorful silk scarf. It can also be a beautiful gift for your female friends or family members!
Tsinghua University Art Museum: Silk scarves
Are you up on the famous Chinese artist Wu Guanzhong (1919-2010) who was recognized as a founder of modern Chinese painting? Four stunning silk scarves printed with Wu’s signature and his impressive lyric interpretation of mountain flowers, the Forbidden City, wisteria, and lotus flowers are available at the souvenir shop of Tsinghua University Art Museum. Which one is your favorite?
Hunan Museum: Canvas bags
Do you remember the lovely creatures painted by the celebrated Chinese painting master Qi Baishi (1864-1957), a native of Hunan province? The Hunan Museum recently rolled out two canvas bags inspired by his artworks. The design of the two bags combines modern elements with Qi’s renowned paintings. One is about fish and hibiscuses, and the other depicts a flock of chickens.