China has unveiled a new art exhibit featuring textiles and objects from the ancient Maya empire.

Key points:The exhibition includes textiles dating from pre-Columbian times, such as pottery and ceramics, to the modern era, including clothing, shoes and handbagsArtists are using new technologies to create the artworkThe exhibition is the largest public display of Maya ceramical works in the world, according to Chinese mediaThe project is an attempt to “promote cultural awareness and preserve the cultural heritage” of the ancient civilisation in China and beyond, said the Ministry of Culture and Information Technology.

The exhibition will be on display in three different locations in Beijing, Zhengzhou and Shanghai.

In a statement on its website, the exhibition said it was “part of the effort to create a sense of continuity between pre- and modern times” in the past and present.

“The exhibition also seeks to promote cultural awareness by displaying important works from the past, present and future, in a manner that reflects and celebrates the past,” the statement said.

The exhibit includes ceramic, textile and leather items dating from the pre-colonial period (1750-1800), through to the early 20th century, the statement added.

It will be open to the public from Tuesday through Sunday from May 17 to May 24.

In recent years, China has been engaged in efforts to preserve the Maya heritage.

In 2017, the Chinese government announced a plan to preserve more than 10 million artefacts from the early years of the civilisation, including artefacts dating from 600BC to 500AD.

The plan was part of the country’s National Day of Culture, and is a significant achievement in preserving the heritage of China, according the World Heritage Committee.

In 2016, the Government of China pledged $3.5 billion in funding for cultural preservation, and has pledged to spend more than $100 billion in the coming years.