Monday, April 13, 2009

Xiang Embroidery Pattern of China

Xiang embroidery is well known for its history, excellent craftsmanship and unique style. It is originated in central China's Hunan Province, The earliest piece of Xiang embroidery was discovered at the No 1 Tomb of Mawangdui, Changsha City of the Han Dynasty in between the era of 206BC to AD220. The weaving technique used in this was almost the same as the one used in modern times, which demonstrated that embroidery had already existed in the Han Dynasty. It was later development that the Xiang Embroidery absorbs characteristics of traditional Chinese paintings and formed its own unique characteristics. Xiang embroidery experienced its prime between the years (1644-1911). After the founding of the People's Republic of China, Xiang embroidery was further improved and developed to a new level. Xiang embroidery uses pure silk, hard satin, soft satin and nylon as its material, which is connected with colorful silk threads. Absorbing the spirit of Chinese paintings, the embroidery reaches a high artistic level. Xiang embroidery crafts include valuable works of art, as well as materials for daily use.

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