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Chinese old hand embroidery gold dragon silk cappa shawl
Size is: 37cm(14.6inches)x55cm(21.7inches). This is one collected old
embroidery cappa shawl, its all the embroidered patterns were totally HANDMADE!!
It's old hand embroidered cappa shawl demonstrating extremely fine
craftsmanship. The colors used have been blended superbly and brilliantly
demonstrate and illustrate traditional Chinese embroidery skills. In
appreciating this cultural specialty from China you have a wonderful
opportunity to further study the art and skill of the craftsmen and women of
some of the remotest civilisations in our country.
Colourful old costumes are an important part of Chinese culture. They have a
long history of excellent craftsmanship and with their numerous patterns they
enrich the lives of people with beauty, thought and happiness. These costumes
are also an intrinsic part of marriage and religion and are a great way to
begin to understand the profound culture and civilisation of the Chinese people.
Chinese embroidery culture view:
Embroidery is a very long established art form in China. It was never
classified as a solely female activity and men and women have both been
involved in embroidery. The items embroidered are quite diverse and include
robes, theatrical costumes, purses, shoes, spectacle cases, banners, alter
cloths and many other pieces. Some of the pieces were so finely stitched that
the pieces took 5-6 people several years to complete. Embroidery was also used
as a means of decorating silk clothing and for silk flags and banners as a
means of denoting rank or station. The finest pieces of work were very
expensive. Gradually, embroidery developed, as a pastime for wealthy ladies and
many members of the court were renowned for their intricate work.
According to the Chinese there are two main divisions of embroidery, “chih
wen” and “tuan chen”. “Chih wen” uses the long and short stitch, while “tuan
chen” involves the seed stitch used in Beijing which is also known as the
French knot. The stitches most commonly used by the Chinese include 1) satin
stitch – which is further classified into long and short 2) Beijing stitch or
French knot 3) Stem stitch; 4) Couching; 5) Chain stitch; and 6) Split stitch.
All of these stitches are known in the west. Many westerners find Chinese
embroidery a little over done. The Chinese satin stitch when done to perfection
is exquisite in its fine detail. The use of gold thread for the French knot,
for which the Chinese have a special gift, is characteristic of their work.
Sometimes even such light material as gauze and paper were embroidered to
demonstrate the fineness of the work.
It is difficult to be precise as to when embroidery first was practiced in
China but based on archeological excavations of tombs it at least dates back to
the early Han dynasty which based itself near Lake Baikal in the early second
century B.C. Many Tang embroideries continue to be preserved both in China and
in Japan. One of the most famous representations of the embroiders’ artistry is
the piece that came from the Thousand Buddhas at Tun Huang and that dates from
the tenth Century.
There are also many fine pieces of embroidery from the Sung dynasty. We know
from historical records that the Sung Emperor Hui Tsung (1101-1126) established
an embroidery bureau called the “Wen Hsiu Yuan”. It also is well known that
many of the finest pieces were copied in the Ming and Ching period and it is
therefore difficult to definitely attribute many of these pieces.
Chinese Literature records the names of many famous embroidery artists. Among
these are Kuan Fu-jen, the wife of the painter Chao Meng-fu and the ladies of
the Ku family in Shanghai such as Ku Shou-ch’ien who worked their artistry in
Ming times. The painters Tung ch’i-ch’ang and Wen Cheng-ming and more recently
Sh’en Chou who died in 1910 are all considered great embroiders.
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