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05-12-2006, 01:59 AM
Chinese embroidery requires an infinite amount of patience and skill. The stitching requires delicate abilities, which are learned by embroiderers. One thin silk thread is normally divided into up to 48 strands, each of which is barely visible to the naked eye. In other words, the ability to use silk threads and the mixture of stitching skills guarantee superb quality in the embroidered product.


In ancient China, girls were taught to embroider. A male's intelligence was judged by his technique in calligraphy whilst a female’s was judged by her needlework skills. After her engagement, a girl had to present pieces of embroidery to all the relatives and friends of her fiancé, for their critical appraisal. The purpose of this was to determine her embroidery skills. If her techniques were very developed, she would be considered to have the ability to manage the entire housekeeping, and therefore be a good wife.

Elegant embroidery was used particularly for royal members in ancient China. Chinese emperors wore embroidery on their ceremonial robes and decorated their curtains, carpets and even their bedcovers with it. Embroidery was the main product transported along the ancient Chinese "Silk Road", as it is known nowadays, to Europe.

Despite the numerous advances in recent centuries, the art of embroidery, which fully embodies the value of traditional Chinese culture, still lives on, as embroidery combines the essence of painting and calligraphy with present traditional Chinese culture. Embroidery is now used for decoration, fashion and other items in daily use.