Palace Drama Showcases Ancient Shu Embroidery

Authors: Go Chengdu

2018-08-29

Chinese cultural elements are prominent in the hit play, in the designs of houses, utensils, and especially the costumes of roles.
The Story of Yanxi Palace is a palace drama that goes viral on the Internet in China and even has a fair number of foreign fans, who have shown great interest in the intriguing plots in the imperial palace some 200 years ago, as well as the elaborate and brilliant costumes in the play.
The play is a story about a palace maid who enters the Forbidden City. With her street-smart she deals with dangers and conspiracies and finally rises to high ranks despite her obscure origin.
A recent video on the Internet shows a young foreign guy watching this play with a translation app.
Chinese cultural elements are prominent in the play, in the designs of houses, utensils, and especially the costumes of roles.
Each and every piece of the clothing is a state-of-art embroidered costume to match the reality of history, it is claimed.
☆Chinese silk tapestry
☆Seed embroidery
☆Golden disc embroidery
☆Hand-pushed embroidery
Speaking of embroidery, we would have to mention the Shu Embroidery (蜀绣 in Chinese), a general name for the elaborate silk needlework produced in Chengdu and other areas in Sichuan Province.
It is one of the four most famous embroideries in China and is listed as a national Intangible Cultural Heritage.
The tradition of Shu Embroidery can be traced back to more than 2,000 years ago, and during the Three Kingdoms Period (220–280), the Shu brocade and embroidery industry was well developed and local government of the state set up the supervising body to manage the embroidery production, which provided the main source of export income for the state. The brocade and embroidery industry was so prosperous in Chengdu in the ancient times that the city got the nickname as the Brocade City (Jincheng, 锦城in Chinese).
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