Common Embroidery Designs Seen in Traditional Suzhou Embroidery

Suzhou enjoyed a national fame for the high quality silk embroidery as early as the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911). At that time, almost every household had an embroidery workshop and all families were engaged in the embroidery craft. In wealthy families, embroidery in the unmarried young woman’s dowry was handed down from generation to generation, but in the countryside, there were embroidery shops where the embroidery was a traditional sideline trade. Designs that symbolized good luck, composed mainly of flowers and birds, were seen in the folk embroidery. For example, the designs of magpies perching on a tree twig indicated radiance with joy, the composition of magnolias and peonies implied ‘jade house and wealth’, and a design of a bat, ancient coin and longevity peach means ‘happiness, high rank and longevity’.

The traditional Suzhou embroidery designs did not stress the lifelikeness of the image, but rather gave an aesthetic feel through the color and layout. The embroidery designs revealed the simplicity of the folk art crafts. Their color contrast was bright but not too bright. This expressed the Suzhou people’s affinity for aesthetic understatement.
suzhou embroidery magpie
Suzhou embroidery, magpies refer to happiness
suzhou embroidery cranes
Suzhou embroidery, peaches and red-crowned cranes stand for longevity
suzhou embroidery
Suzhou embroidery, peonies indicate wealth
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