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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.


Suzhou Song Brocade

Feb 19, 2019

The Song brocade produced in Suzhou is one of China's three most renowned brocades, the other two being Nanjing's Cloud brocade and Sichuan's Shu brocade.


The Brilliance of Suzhou's Song Brocade

Feb 19, 2019

Song brocade, so named for its Song-Dynasty style, is a refined, weft-faced brocade.


Zhizao Bridge by Suzhou Weaving Service

Feb 19, 2019

In 1951, when the weaving service became the campus of Zhenhua Female Middle School, the entrance was moved north to Kongfusi Lane and the dilapidated bridge was ...


Suzhou Weaving Service and Kunqu Opera

Feb 19, 2019

On every Suzhou sojourn during imperial inspection tours to the south, officials of the Suzhou Weaving Service would arrange some opera performances, so the rise and ...


Cao Yin—Emperor Kangxi's Secret Agent

Feb 19, 2019

During the Manchu system of the Qing Dynasty, officials sent to supervise imperial silk manufactories all came from the three superior banners under the Imperial ...


Taijian Lane and the Weaving Service

Feb 19, 2019

The taijian officials sent by the court to supervise the Suzhou Weaving Service were administrators, not eunuchs.


The Northern and Southern Silk

Feb 19, 2019

In the early Yuan Dynasty, the court set up the Suzhou Weaving Service to manage anything related to silk manufacture, and later dynasties had similar imperial ...


Suzhou Official Silk Manufactory

Feb 19, 2019

The Imperial Silk Manufac-tory was a silk producer for official needs established in Suzhou during the Song Dynasty.


Suzhou Silk Guild—The Earliest Guild in China

Feb 19, 2019

Suzhou was among the Chinese cities with the earliest and most mature guild systems; of these the one with the longest history was the Suzhou Silk Guild.


The Burgeoning Shoots of Capitalist Productive Relations in Suzhou's Folk Weaving Industry

Feb 19, 2019

By the mid-17th century at the transition from Ming to Qing rule, northeast Suzhou had thousands of silk workshops scattered across dozens of streets and lanes.


The Silk Weavers' Rebellion in the Ming Dynasty

Feb 19, 2019

In July 1601, the 29th year of Ming Emperor Wanli's reign, over 2,000 hungry and angry weavers and dyers charged out of the Xuanmiao Temple, calender rolls in hand. Led ...


Half the Embroidered Silks in the Palace Museum Are Suzhou Creations

Feb 19, 2019

Of the 180,000 items of embroidered silk in Beijing's Palace Museum collection, some 100,000 pieces, more than half of the total, were created at the Suzhou Weaving ...


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