During the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), Suzhou
embroidery reached its peak, with the prevalence of
various styles and master embroiders. The
embroidered products used by the royal family were
almost exclusively from Suzhou. Folk embroidery
products were even more diverse, including
decorations on garments, theater costumes, quilt
covers, cushions, shoes, perfume bags and fan bags.
They were extremely popular among common people.
In the late Ming Dynasty and early Qing Dynasty,
Shen Shou absorbed Western fine arts and combined
them with traditional Chinese embroidery skills to
create the simulated embroidery with ray effects.
Suzhou embroidery products were sent to participate
in the Panama World Fair in 1915. Since then, the
style has become increasingly famous throughout the
In the 1930s, the irregular embroidery technique was
created in the Zhengze Girl's Vocationa1 School in
Danyang. In 1957, the Embroidery Research Institute
was established in Suzhou.