The Silk Roads

Publié le 14 avril 2022

Much as Marco Polo, set off on the Silk Roads, the trade routes that crisscrossed the East and the Middle East, and stop in a Central Asian caravansary before continuing your journey to China.

What better illustration than a caravansary for presenting the Silk Roads? Places of rest, exchanges and meetings, these buildings which took the shape of “an immense courtyard between four walls”, were used as shelter for the caravans of merchants, travelers and pilgrims. Erected in the middle of deserts or on the outskirts of cities, caravansaries are a journey within a journey and are synonymous with the Orient, oases, camels, havens of peace, mysteries and discoveries…

Before reaching the caravansary, which awaits you in the Atrium of the museum, you will have to cross Uzbekistan where you are invited to discover a traditional female Uzbek costume but as well as textile portraits of Uzbek women sporting emblematic motifs of this country. A stop in the caravansary will allow you to catch your breath while observing the goods that were exchanged and transported by the caravans that traveled the Silk Roads. Let yourself be surprised by the diversity of the items and their extensive circulation from their origins.

However, don’t forget that this is only a stopover on your long journey which will bring you to China, to the court of the great Khan, final stage of your journey on the silk roads just as it was for Marco Polo more than 700 years ago.

Exhibited artists: Chantal Gendronneau, Chenhua Marilier Mi, Marcel Schueller, Tibet Bleu