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Heritage Talk Series 2023

Heritage Talk Series 2023

Past Activities

Modernism and Public Markets in Hong Kong
Date & Time: 15/10/2023 (Sunday) 3:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Venue: Hong Kong Central Library (Lecture Theatre, G/F)
Description: In the 1930s, the Modern Movement of architecture began to widely influence architectural design in Hong Kong. This talk uses government markets designed by the Public Works Department as examples to discuss the way Hong Kong’s public architecture has gradually shifted from the traditional forms and construction techniques of the past to a new era of modern design after the First World War. It seeks to relate changes in the repertoire of market design strategies to Hong Kong’s social, political, and economic contexts. The talk also outlines the chronological development of public markets and systematically analyses how public markets have adapted to the social imperative to modernise.
Decoding Patterns of Hakka and Punti's Band Weaving
Date & Time: 17/6/2023 (Saturday) 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Venue: Hong Kong Central Library (Lecture Theatre, G/F)
Description: The elderly of Hakka and Punti from Lung Yeuk Tau village first talks about the traditional patterned band weaving, taking us into the lives of women in the past and helping us understand the relationship between traditional clothing and patterned bands craftsmanship, as well as the meanings behind the colors and patterns of bands. Mrs. Tang Leung Siu Ha, inheritor of Punti's patterned bands, then demonstrates the weaving process and explains the principles behind the double-sided patterns, showing us that weaving concepts can be well executed even with simple tools. This serves as a typical example of small things leading to great wisdom. Ms. Gladys Chiu, inheritor of Hakka and Punti's patterned bands, then shares dozens of patterned band she had woven, her techniques of thread selection and colour matching, as well as the potential applications of patterned band in modern forms.