Hunan (Xiang) Embroidery

Last updated by Snowman at 2013-11-4

Hunan embroidery is one the four famous embroideries in China. It developed from the needlework from the countryside of Changsha. In the end of Qing Dynasty, handicraftsman Hu Lianxian and Yue Weishi mixed the stitch of Jiangsu and Guangdong embroideries with that of Changsha local embroidery, forming a new style Hunan embroidery. It is known for its bright color, vividness and strong expressive force. 70 kinds of stitches have been developed by craftsmen of Hunan embroidery. In recent years, they developed “double-faced embroidery”. On a transparent material, each side has a subject. For example, screen “Hua Mulan”, one side is Hua Mulan wearing the clothes of men, with weapons, while the other side is Hua Mulan wearing female’s clothes, doing making up. Both subjects are very perfect. Hunan embroidery has won several prizes at international expo and is popular all over the world.

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