In ancient China, the art of embroidery held a significant role, particularly in the lives of young girls. Just as a young man's wisdom was judged by his calligraphy, a woman's worth was often determined by her embroidery skills. When a girl became betrothed, she would present her finely embroidered pieces to the relatives and friends of her prospective groom. These creations underwent careful scrutiny, serving as a measure of her domestic competence and suitability as a future wife.

Today, this age-old tradition has transformed. Engagement rituals in contemporary China involve the exchange of gold and diamond rings, accompanied by the collection of lucky money from friends and relatives, rather than the presentation of embroidered works.

Embroidery, in the present day, finds its purpose in decoration, fashion, and everyday items. Adorning your home or office with a meticulously crafted Chinese Su embroidery piece not only evokes an Oriental spirit but also imparts vibrancy and elegance to the space. Many embroidered motifs, such as tigers and peonies, hold special significance in Feng Shui. Tigers symbolize strength, power, and the ability to conquer adversaries, while peonies represent life, beauty, and prosperity.

In ancient times, fine embroidery was reserved for royalty and high-ranking officials in China. Emperors adorned their palaces with embroidered bedcovers, cushions, and accessories. Today, you can acquire Chinese embroidery to elevate your home decor. Symbols like the Dragon and Phoenix can infuse your space with a touch of regal ambiance, even in a modern setting.

Across the seas in the United States, silk embroidered paintings have gained popularity as wall decor in homes and offices alike. These embroidery paintings are meticulously handcrafted using silk threads, boasting colors comparable to oil paintings.


by Su Embroidery Studio (SES), Suzhou China

SES is dedicated to Chinese Silk Embroidery Art and High-End Custom Embroidery 

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silk embroidery 'snow leopard' hand embroidered