The embroidery of Sichuan, the treasure of China. With a 2,000-year history, Shaw embroidery features colorful embroidery with national characteristics with a local style. It documents the marvelous period of China’s Han fashion, and contributes greatly to national culture.
(Shaw weaving techniques and art techniques)
In the past, Sichuan Province was called “Xu”, “Kingdom of Xu” and “Kingdom of Silkworms”. It is also one of the areas where silk culture was born and developed. Today, the beauty of shawl embroidery contains contemporary concepts and thus it promotes trends of contemporary fashion alongside preserving historical and cultural importance.
Shaw tissue is one of the four most famous tissues in China. Already in the Han dynasty, the shaw embroidery of Chengdu and Sichuan Province became famous around the world. The embroiderers use more than 30 types of sewing techniques to embroider vibrant colors on Han-style clothing details to make unique outfits. The combination of Shaw texture and embroidery illustrate the ingenuity and glorious craftsmanship of China’s intangible heritage culture.
From formal attire to chongsam (a real clothing item), the shaw embroidery has gradually integrated into people’s daily lives. With Han’s simple and varied style, Tang’s grace, Song’s elegance, Ming’s dignity and modern innovations, Han’s fashions have changed over the generations, just as the Chinese saying goes: Are you not dressed for battle? Let’s share the skirt and everything else!
Here are Danish unique models presented as part of the 2020Haute Couture collection (outerwear)
Ancient Xu Tissue, a collection in collaboration with the Chengdu Institute of Traditional Xu Tissue, uses ancient Xu embroidery fabrics with symmetrical bird and sheep embellishments, as well as flowers and trees. The items combine China’s traditional embroidery craft culture with modern fashion and feature decorative sleeves and flared trouser cut, indicating a bold contemporary innovation alongside the classic pattern of traditional art. (See left image)
The collection also includes items showcasing the use of Shaw embroidery fabrics with an example of five yellow stars. The design of the items combines the Chinese chungsam style with traditional horseshoe sleeves that illustrate unique outerwear sewing techniques with Chinese characteristics and motifs of the Shaw culture, reshaping the Shaw embroidery style (see right image)
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