Following the patterns of history

A thread that binds generations of Suzhou craftswomen continues to weave ever beautiful designs, Deng Zhangyu reports.

By Deng Zhangyu | China Daily | Updated: 2024-03-26 06:43
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A wedding garment made by Fu Xianghong for her grandchild. It was a tradition that mothers should make wedding clothes with exquisite embroidery for their daughters. [Photo by Gao Erqiang/China Daily]

As time goes on, Fu's passion for the craft only increases, and it is now more of an artistic expression rather than just a way to earn money. However, a long time spent scrutinizing fine details has affected her eyesight, and made her slower compared to her peak production as a younger woman.

She has a team of about 20 women, who are all experienced embroiderers. Her daughter is also following in her footsteps.

"For me, Su embroidery is not art confined to museums. I prefer to connect it with our everyday lives and make it more suitable for our modern lifestyle," Fu says, pointing to her daughter nearby who wears a silk bag, a coat and a necklace all adorned with Su embroidery patterns.

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