Thursday, April 16, 2009

Shu Embroidery Pattern of China

Shu embroidery is the general name for embroidery products in areas around Chengdu, Sichuan Province and enjoys a long history. Just like Han Dynasty, Shu embroidery is also very famous. The central government even designated an office in this area for its administration. During the Five Dynasties and Ten States period, a peaceful society and large demand created appropriate conditions for the rapid development of the Shu Embroidery industry pattern. Shu embroidery experienced its boom in the Song Dynasty between the years 960-1279 and got the status of first in both production and excellence. In the mid-Qing Dynasty, the Shu embroidery industry was formed. After the founding of the People's Republic of China, Shu embroidery factories were set up and the craft entered a new phase of development, using innovative techniques and a larger variety of forms. Shu embroidery is famous for its unique characteristics of smoothness, brightness and neatness. Its designs consist of incorporated flowers, leaves, animals, mountains, rivers and human figures. The craftsmanship of Shu embroidery involves a combination of fine arts, aesthetics and practical uses, such as the facings of quits, pillowcases, coats, shoots and screen covers.

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