Shu Brocade & Shu Embroidery

Authors: Go Chengdu

2015-07-13

Both the Shu Brocade (one of the most famous Four Chinese Brocades) and Shu Embroidery (one of the most famous Four Chinese Embroideries) are highly recommended. These exquisite fabrics come in a variety of colors and patterns.
Shu Brocade:
The Shu Brocade is endowed with rich cultural and artistic connotation with a high value of appreciation and collection. As one of the most important intangible cultural heritages in China, the Shu Brocade is one of the most famous Four Chinese Brocades.
The Shu Brocade features luxuriant appearance, bright color, elegant pattern and propitious design imbued with rich folklore and regional characteristics. Since the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907), the motifs on the Shu Brocade had included lanterns, balls, lions, larks, cranes, peacocks, and different kinds of flowers. Shu Brocade works have a wide range of ornamental and practical applications, such as garments, quilts, pillowcases, screens, scrolls, articles of clothing, ladies' shoes, and a host of other articles of both practical and artistic purposes, such as tapestries. The Shu Brocade has also become an integral part of the ornament of women in the ethnic groups of southwest China.


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Shu Embroidery:
Having a long history, the Shu Embroidery gained a national fame in the Han Dynasty (202 BC - 220 AD) and reached its peak in the Song Dynasty (960 - 1279) when it ranked first in artistry, quality and production scale, among all embroidery styles in China.
The Sichuan Embroidery represents the creative workmanship of the Sichuan people for its elaborate designs and subtle visual effects. It displays the unique characteristics in its neat needlework, bright color, exquisite design and full expression. A total of 122 needlework techniques, in 12 categories, are employed to produce vivid images such as fish, flowers, birds, insects, landscapes and human portraits.
Embroidery works have a wide range of ornamental and practical applications, such as costumes, quilts, pillowcases, screens, scrolls, and decorative items.

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Where to buy: Chengdu Shu Brocade and Embroidery Museum, 2 East Caotang Road, Chengdu.
Price: Common brocade handkerchiefs, scarfs and decorations are usually priced at 100-300 yuan/piece, while those with collection value may exceed 10,000 yuan/piece.

Sichuan Embroidery

Sichuan embroidery, also called Shu embroidery, represents the creative workmanship of the Sichuan people for its elaborate designs and subtle visual effects.

Jan 02, 2015

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