Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Yue Embroidery Pattern of China

Yue embroidery is a general name for embroidery products of the regions of Guangzhou, Shantou, Zhongshan, Fanyu and Shunde in Guangdong Province. Historical records tell the story the origin of Yue embroidery in such a way that a girl named Lu Meiniang embroidered the seventh volume of the Fahua Buddhist Scripture on a piece of thin silk 30 cm long. That’s how Yue embroidery became famous around the country. The prosperous Guangzhou Port of the Song Dynasty promoted the development of Yue embroidery, which began to be exported at that time. During the Qing Dynasty, people animal hairs were used as the raw material for Yue embroidery, which made the works brighter. During the year (1736-1796) industrial organization was established in Guangzhou and in this period a large number of craftsmen devoted themselves to the craft, inciting further improvements to the weaving technique. The embroidered pictures are mainly of dragons and phoenixes, and flowers and birds, with neat designs and strong, contrasting colors. Floss, thread and gold-and-silk thread embroidery are used to produce costumes, decorations for halls and crafts for daily use.

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