Situated in Jiangsu Province, in aplace of fertile land and mild cli-mate, with natural conditions idealfor the cultivation of the silkworm,for many hundreds of years Suzhou has re-mained a center of silk production, and theancient city has long been famous for a par-ticular fine style of textile crafting Suzhouembroidery.
Needles and colorful threads of fine silkare applied by skilled hands to create ele-gant and delightful patterns on not only silk,but also satin and cotton cloth. A renownedChinese handicraft, Suzhou embroiderieshave long been presented as state gifts todistinguished visiting foreign guests.
A Stitch in Time
Artists of the Wu area, like Tang Yin(Tang Bohu) and Shen Zhou, further de-veloped Suzhou embroidery. Embroiderersreproduced their paintings using needles.These works were so vivid and elegant theycame to be referred to as "needle paint-ings" and "surpassing even nature." Sincethose long past days, Suzhou embroideryevolved a unique style of needlework, col-oring and pattern.