Jiangnan Silk Shop and Workshop, Shanghai
As China’s national treasure, silk has served as a bridge for communications between China and the world for thousands of years. Enjoying a history of thousands of years, Jiangnan silk boasts the mysterious silk civilization and culture.
In Roman Period, China’s Jiangnan silk had entered into the continent of Europe and was reputed as the “soft gold”. At that time, wearing silk garments became a fashion pursued by numerous people.
In Shanghai, Jiangnan Silk Shop and Workshop is a recommendable place to buy real silk. With antique gate and chic crimson gate post, Jiangnan Silk Shop and Workshop is rather like a silk museum, which is not big and even unnoticeable on the street. Actually, the site of Jiangnan Silk Shop and Workshop used to be an old textile machinery factory that was rebuilt into a market involving foreign interest which specializes in silk.
Jiangnan Silk Shop and Workshop began to open to the public in January, 2002, covering an area of over 2,500 square meters. It consists of the explanation and visit area, the silk quilt area and the clothing area. You can not only know about the origin of Chinese silk, but also watch silk production process from silkworm breeding, reeling silk to weave pongee.
That means, you can watch the whole process of how silk is produced. Besides, various styles of silk products are on display for sale in the sale hall, such as silk quilt and silk dresses. Jiangnan Silk Shop and Workshop is a favorite shopping area especially for foreign visitors from Europe, America and Southeast China.
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289, Aomen Road, Putuo District, Shanghai (Transport: Subway Line 1 or bus No. 801)