Features of Shu Embroidery or Chuan Embroidery

Shu embroidery, also known as Chuan embroidery, is the general name for embroidery found in areas around Chengdu, Sichuan Province, a place which was prosperous because of its thriving silkworm-breeding industry in ancient times.

Shu embroidery enjoys a long history. As early as in the Spring and Autumn Period(770-476 BC), the silk products in the Shu area had been exported to the Thai capital. The art of Shu embroidery developed with the prosperity of the silk business in the Shu area. Features
Shu embroidery formed its own unique characteristics: smooth, bright and neat, influenced by the geographical environment, customs and cultures of the Shu area. The works incorporated flowers, leaves, animals, mountains, rivers and human figures as their themes.
Soft satin and colored threads are the principal raw materials for the rather unique technique of Shu embroidery. Altogether there are 122 weaving techniques divided into 12 categories. The brightly colored threads are evenly stitched to produce a delicate picture or pattern. Shu embroidery is particularly characterized by the closeness of its stitching, which allows Shu embroiderers to highlight miniscule details in the subjects they produce. A Shu-embroidered piece may include hundreds of thousands of stitches in a single figure or animal, and may take many days or even weeks to complete.
The craftsmanship of Shu embroidery involves a combination of fine arts, aesthetics and practical uses. Shu embroidery is used for both artistic pieces and for objects that may be used every day. Quilts, pillowcases, coats, sheets, slippers, or clothes may be embroidered in the Shu style, lending color and beauty to the wearer. Equally enjoyable are art pieces produced in the Shu style. These may include wall hangings, screens for separating rooms, or curtains.
The rich color and vibrant images found in Shu embroidery are meant to remind the viewer (or wearer) of the joy which can be found in any living thing; it is perhaps because of this joy that Shu embroidery remains popular to this day.
shu panda embroidery
Pandas are the most often seen animals in Shu embroidery as Sichuan is the birthplace of giant pandas.
bibiscus flower and carps embroidery
Hibiscus flowers and carps silk embroidery is a representative Shu embroidery work.
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