Monday, October 27, 2008
This is the Embroidery Institute in Suzhou. This handicraft is so amazing. They have to go to school and train for several years, and if they are good enough, they get to work here. The pieces that are produced here are high quality and often large pieces that are commissioned for special buildings, or people. From a foot back, you cannot even tell it is stitched-it looks like a photograph.
Click on these photos to see them up close.
This lady has a drawing of a tiger and from that, she will copy that with thread on a cloth.
Even dow to the very last whisker. So fascinating to watch.
This group of ladies were working on a commissioned piece for some government building. A bamboo forest. Bamboo is straight (honest) and Chinese people also believe that bamboo represents the modesty, strength, and never gives up because it continues to grow taller and taller. It will take this group of ladies several months to finish.
These women were laughing and talking and seeming to really enjoy themselves. There was plenty of natural light so they could detect the difference in each of those green threads laying there!