Summit Spotlights China's Stitchwork Tradition

Embroidery aficionados from around the world recently flocked to China for a summit and exhibition of traditional stitchwork produced in the Asian nation. Held at the Guangdong Museum in Guangzhou, the first International Summit for Cultural Heritages of Chinese Embroidery Craftwork showcased more than 150 pieces of embroidery from all across China. The 28 different styles of stitchwork on display included Su embroidery from Jiangsu Province, Xiang embroidery from Hunan Province and Shu embroidery from Sichuan Province.

One of the biggest attention-grabbers at the show was an 11-meter-long embroidered version of a Quing Dynasty painting of Prosperous Suzhou, which was created in the Su style by 79-year-old embroidery master Zhang Yuying. “Embroidery represents the best of China’s traditional arts and crafts,” Jiang Mingquing, a cultural ministry official, told “We continue to attach great importance to the craft and have made remarkable achievements in this field.”