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Suzhou-Silk City is a book compiled by the Information Office of Suzhou Municipal People's Government and published by Foreign Languages Press Co. Ltd. Suzhou, though associated with classical gardens, is even more the city of silk. The peaks and troughs experienced in Suzhou’s silk making and embroidery worlds are an important aspect of the enduring brilliance of China’s silk art.

A Timeline of Silk

Feb 21, 2019

Neolithic Age (ca. 10,000 to 4,000 years ago)...


Feb 21, 2019

Another legend relating to the origin of Chinese sericulture, and different from the official record on Leizu, circulated widely among the populace—the legend of the ...

Yang Zugen and His "Silkworm Pupa Aweto"

Feb 21, 2019

There is a Chinese saying "the silkworm's thread ends only with its death." This references that once a silkworm spins a cocoon, it becomes a pupa, which becomes a moth, ...

Zhu Jianming—Inheritor, Intangible Cultural Heritage of Ancient Looms

Feb 21, 2019

Zhu Jianming 朱剑鸣 got to grips with ancient looms in 1988 while involved in preparatory work for the Suzhou Silk Museum.

Three Factors Behind Suzhou's Position as Key Producer and Distribution Hub of Traditional Opera Costumes

Feb 21, 2019

One, demand. As southern operas, Kunqu in particular, came into being in Suzhou, and because Suzhou became the national theatrical and cultural center after the Southern ...

Suzhou—Cradle of Hand-Fashioned

Feb 21, 2019

Li Rongsen—Inheritor of National Intangible Cultural Heritage of Stage Costume

Craftsmanship in Threads and Stitches

Feb 21, 2019

Suzhou boasts a group of veteran makers of Suzhou silk who, painstakingly attending to the minute details in every step of the production process, are crucial figures ...

A Jiangnan Woman with Grand Aspirations

Feb 21, 2019

Hu Yufang 胡毓芳, born and bred by Lake Taihu, an area known for its sericulture, has a special emotional bond with silk.

Four Generations of the Shen Family Silk-makers in Zhenze

Feb 21, 2019

First generation—Shen Yikun (grandfather of Shen Fuzhen); Second generation—Shen Xianglin (father); Third generation—Shen Fuzhen; Fourth generation—Zhou Jiayuan ...

Ciyun from a Millennium-Old Town

Feb 20, 2019

The lofty Ciyun Pagoda in the Ciyun Temple, located in eastern Zhenze, was built in the Song Dynasty.

The Western Shift of the Eastern Mulberry Project

Feb 20, 2019

The "Western Shift of the Eastern Mulberry Project" is part of China's sericulture development strategy to gradually shift the focus of cocoon production from east to ...

Huajia Investment Group

Feb 20, 2019

Prior to China's reform and opening-up policy, the Huajia Investment Group, located in Shengze Town, was the township-run Tanqiu Silk Reeling Factory.

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