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GABORONE - Art lovers came in large numbers to witness magnificent 60 pieces of art made from silk embroidery and photographs during the opening of Chinese silk embroidery and photography exhibition.

The exhibition, which will end on 25 October at the National Museum, saw many, amongst them government officials, coming to witness the beauty of artistic works from China.

As one of their four schools of Chinese embroidery, Su Embroidery is marked by its beautiful pattern, elegant color, vivid stitch and fine needlework. It is praised as a brilliant pearl of Chinese art.

With a history of more than 2 000 years, Chinese embroidery can be found in the Dragon Robe worn by Emperors in ancient times.

The exhibition was one of a series of events that marked China's 60th Anniversary, which was celebrated on October 1.

Officially opening the exhibition, the Minister of Youth, Sport and Culture, Ms Gladys Kokorwe said the exhibition is intended to show Batswana a skill that can help diversify the economy.

She said the relationship between the two countries comes back from 2007 when they signed a 3 year programme action for implementation of a Cultural Agreement, which covers areas of culture and arts, hence the exhibition.

Ms Kokorwe congratulated China on their anniversary, noting that this gives Batswana an opportunity to share with them their great achievements in development.

A workshop is organised for the locals today and tomorrow on Silk embroidery. Ms Kokorwe encouraged those who will attend the workshop to ensure that they capacitate themselves and take advantage of this rare opportunity.

According to the Ambassador of China, Mr Liu Huanxing, the main purpose of this exhibition is not to show off their achievements but to share development experience with Batswana and present a true China to them.

Mr Liu said during the past 34 years Botswana and China have enjoyed a stable relationship and comprehensive exchanges in various fields such as trade and investment, culture and education which greatly benefit the two.

He said that culture plays an important role in promoting mutual understanding between different nations.

Mr Liu applauded MYSC for the invitation of three Chinese embroidery specialists, who would not only guarantee a success of this exhibition but also strengthen the art exchanges between the two countries.

He also thanked everybody who made the day a success.

(12 Octover 2009, Daily News) 

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