Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Suzhou Song Brocade


Song brocade, generally referred to as Suzhou Song Brocade, is that made in the famous brocade and satin producing city of Suzhou since the Song Dynasty (960-1279). Song Brocade is distinct for its bright colors, intricate patterns and strong but soft texture.Suzhou Song Brocade with its magnificent color, delicate patterns and softness, Nanjing Yun Brocade, Sichuan Shu Brocade and Guangxi Zhuang brocade are honored as the most famous brocades in China .

Song brocade began to be produced in Suzhou during Tang Dynasty. During Five Dynasties, the Suzhou Song brocade became even more splendid. Later, there appeared more than 40 styles of the Song brocade mainly for the purpose of mounting paintings. Song brocade is woven by organizing slant silk threads in a cycle of two warps and three wefts. Song brocade falls under the categories of Big Brocade, Small Brocade and Box Brocade. Big Brocade is used to decorate valuable artistic ornaments, and Small Brocade is used to decorate small craftworks and mount pictures.

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