Scheduled to open in March 2019, the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile (CHAT) is a part of the heritage conservation project of The Mills, the former cotton spinning mills of Nan Fung Textiles in Tsuen Wan. Through CHAT’s own curated multi-faceted programmes that will include exhibitions and co-learning programmes, we invite our visitors to experience the spirit of the innovative legacy of Hong Kong's textile industry and engage in new dialogues and inspirational journeys that interweave contemporary art, design, science, heritage, community and craftsmanship.
Inspired from the most fundamental structure of warps and wefts in weaving textile, CHAT’s logo reflects our mission − interweaving different voices, disciplines and practices. Eight distinctive colours were developed from universal architectural features in factory buildings as well as reminiscence of Hong Kong textile industry.
In the state of geo-political turmoil in Asia Pacific in the 1950s, the textile industry in Hong Kong sowed its seed and achieved the rapid development throughout the latter half of the twentieth century. Today, the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile (CHAT) will represent a new place for new beginnings in the next phase of Hong Kong and Asia’s textile arts and innovation.
Paying homage to the progressive energy in Hong Kong’s textile industry in the past and taking advantage of multiple meanings associated with plain cotton yarn, CHAT will tell the stories of Hong Kong’s textile industrial history and beyond, challenge the conventional meanings of textile arts and present myriad interpretations of textile material and subject matters. We invite you to experience this journey with us at CHAT. We hope that this will in turn inspire you to create your own magical experience with textiles.
Takahashi Mizuki and Teoh Chin Chin
Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile