The embroideries from China's provinces of Hunan, kiangsu, Szechuan and Kwangtung are highly regarded both at home and abroad.
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Background: The embroideries from China's provinces of Hunan, kiangsu, Szechuan and Kwangtung are highly regarded both at home and abroad.
While assimilating the fine points of traditional Chinese painting, the embroidery work of south China's Huanan Province has a distinct style of its own with its brilliant and harmonious colors and intricate stitches. Today, there are 40-50 thousand embroidery workers in Human Province. During the early post liberation period, there were only a thousand.
Embroidery work in East China's Kiangsu Province dates back from the Ming Dynasty more than three hundred years ago.
There are many kinds of Kiangsu embroidery. In one kind, the embroidering is done on a thin piece of gauze. The design is identical on both sides of the gauze.
Another area famous for its embroidery as far back as the Tang Dynasty in the 7th century is Szechuan Province in Central China.
Szechuan embroidery is noted for its bright colors, fine needlework and durability. Birds, flowers and small insects are favourite patterns of the embroiderers. Finally, lets look at some Kwantung embroideries. Here again, the needlework is extremely fine but a greater variety in stitching is employed vividly bringing out beautiful landscapes and lifelike flowers and birds. Kwangtung embroideries emerged in all their splendour in the late 19th century.
After liberation, output of the four famous schools of Chinese embroidery developed very rapidly and in recent years there has been marked improvement in quality.