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Hunan Embroidery

Hunan Embroidery is the embodiment of the painstaking efforts and wisdom of their creators. The creation of a magnum opus usually takes several months or even years, and its distinctiveness and unparalleled beauty speaksfor itself.

Hunan embroidery, one of the Four Great Embroideries in China (the other three categories being   Suzhou, Sichuan, and Guangdong ), is world famous for its exquisite technicality, unique features and long history. Archeologists have discovered finely embroidered silk items in the Changsha Mawangdui Han Tombs (206BC-220AD), indicating that more than 2,000 years ago Hunan embroidery craftwork had emerged.

During the long process of development, Hunan embroidery adopted the techniques used in traditional Chinese painting and formed its own unique style. By the end of the Qing Dynasty (the early 20th century), the skill of Hunan embroidery reached its peak and even took the leading position, surpassing Su embroidery.

Hunan embroidery is famous for its tiger patterns. The unique techniques of Hunan embroidery are generally based on Chinese painting, although it also includes the techniques of engraving andcalligraphy. The combination of these techniques produced a new and unique embroidery product, double-faced and with different images and colors on each side of a transparent chiffon, greatly uplifting the artistic value of Hunan embroidery. The main threads used include pure silk, satin, transparent gauze and nylon.

Hunan embroidery is not only highly valued for its artistic craft, but also for its sleekness and use in practical commodities. This craft has won many awards at several international expositions held in Japan, Panama and the US, enjoying high reputation in the international market.