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Chinese Embroidery History--part1

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    Here's my article on Chinese embroidery. Hope you may enjoy it!

    Chinese embroidery, known throughout the world, has a long history as a Chinese art form. Although it is difficult to pinpoint precisely when embroidery was first practiced in China, based on archaeological excavations, it can be traced back to the Shang dynasty (1600 BC~1027 BC).

    China was the first country in the world to weave silk, which formsa quintessential part of Chinese embroidery. Silkworms were domesticated as early as 5,000 years ago and the production of silk threads and fabrics gave rise to the art of needlework.

    In 1958, a piece of silk embroidered with a dragon and phoenix was discovered in the Chu tomb of the Warring Sates Period (475-221BC). It is the earliest piece of Chinese embroidery, ever unearthed, that is more than 2,000 years old.

    There are four main styles of embroidery in China: Su, Xiang, Yue and Shu styles.
    The history of Su embroidery, which is one of the most famous embroidery styles in China, has spanned more than 2,000 years, mainly due to its delicacy.

    Original Chinese Embroidery is made entirely by hand. A needle is used to pull coloured threads through the background fabric on which the design, which highlights the main theme of the picture, is previously drawn. The silk is stretched on a frame instead of a loom.
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    Chinese embroidery,essential of traditional Chinese arts,representing Chinese silk art as Needle Painting