East China’s Taizhou embroidery integrates intangible cultural heritage into modern life

TAIZHOU, China, July 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — International teachers and students from 8 countries, including United States and New Zealand, recently came to the Taizhou Embroidery Life Art Museum, embarking on a journey of exploring Taizhou’s embroidery culture, according to the Taizhou Embroidery Museum.

A Taizhou embroiderer is embroidering. (PRNewsfoto/Taizhou Embroidery Museum, Zhejiang Province)

Malik, foreign professor of Pakistan, was very impressed. “I have seen the process of producing silk before, and this time I see how silk becomes a work of art in Taizhou. It is so beautiful! These works really impress me. Moreover, they are at both artistic and practical. I really like them!” Malik said.

Taizhou Embroidery Life Arts Museum was started by Lin Xiao, the third generation heiress of Taizhou embroidery. The museum is open to the public free of charge and serves to introduce the development of Taizhou embroidery and promote Taizhou folk embroidery culture. As a master of Chinese arts and crafts, Lin combines traditional embroidery skills with modern fashion to form a new genre with unique regional embroidery characteristics of Taizhou. She founded her own cultural brand and built a cultural and creative industry chain with traditional embroidery skills as the mainstay.

Taizhou, located on the southeast coast of China, zhejiang province, has a long history of embroidery culture among its rich and unique cultural deposits. Judging from the fragments of silk cloth unearthed from ancient times, Taizhou embroidery has a history of over 1,000 years. At the end of the Qing Dynasty, ancient Taizhou embroidery was perfectly combined with foreign carving embroidery, forming modern Taizhou embroidery with regional characteristics.

As a folk art with both Western aesthetics and traditional Chinese skills, modern Taizhou embroidery has become one of the most distinctive regional types of embroidery with nearly 300 stitch patterns in China after three generations of inheritance, and has been inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List of Zhejiang Province and has become the signature intangible cultural heritage of Jiaojiang District.

Under the leadership of the intangible cultural heritage departments of Taizhou City and Jiaojiang District, local enterprises explored and sorted out the historical development, regional culture, social value and heritage of Taizhou embroidery. The cultural, technical and artistic elements of Taizhou embroidery are extracted and transformed through creative design. Local enterprises have taken the unique local culture as heritage and the intangible heritage brand of embroidery as the medium to integrate intangible skills into modern life. Taizhou embroidery is now on the way to perfection in craftsmanship, perception and practicality.

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SOURCE Taizhou Embroidery Museum, zhejiang province