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Chinese silk embroidery art

Reproduction of painting by Gustv Klimt 'The Kiss'. Chinese hand silk embroidery on silk

Reproduction of painting by Gustv Klimt ‘The Kiss’. Chinese hand silk embroidery on silk

Fabulous ancient China – country of emperors, porcelain, mandarins, peon trees, silkworm. Weightless finest silk surrounded by an aura of mystery. Secret of silk production is more than 5 000 years. It is as old as the Chinese civilization. Silk is considered the attribute of luxury, riches and good flavor. Chinese art of silk embroidery on silk has no equal in the world. An embroidered masterpiece from a distance of 2 steps is impossible to distinguish from a photograph or a painting. The history of silk embroidery on silk has more than 2000 years. Three-dimensional image is achieved by using different thickness of the thread of the silkworm, laid in different directions. The most difficult part is considered embroidery of eyes, face, hands.

Bouquet. Silk hand embroidery on silk. Made in China

Bouquet. Silk hand embroidery on silk. Made in China

When embroidering pupil, is used 1/32 1/64 thickness of the thread. Packing pattern background executed half of the thickness of the thread of the silkworm. And only this fact tells about the uniqueness and hard work. As the Chinese say that when embroidering the craftsmen use hundreds of colors and shades. In some paintings – to a thousand colors.

Butterflies with irises. Silk hand embroidery on silk. Made in China

Butterflies with irises. Silk hand embroidery on silk. Made in China

Butterflies with irises detail. Silk hand embroidery on silk. Made in China

Butterflies with irises detail. Silk hand embroidery on silk. Made in China

You can entrust the artwork to modern machines, but according to experts sewing machine tears finest precious thread, even that with which a background is stuffed, not talking about 1/64 the thickness of the silk thread. Probably the only Chinese craftsmen are able to embroider their work 12 hours a day, 7 days a week. According to the Chinese masters, even under direct sunlight embroidered paintings do not lose their freshness, brightness and color appeal.

Dutch Bouquet

Dutch Bouquet. Chinese silk embroidery art

Dutch Bouquet detail. Chinese silk embroidery art

Dutch Bouquet detail. Chinese silk embroidery art

If a one-sided silk embroidery on silk can be called the pearl of Chinese craftsmanship, the double-sided embroidery can be called a diamond. It is a story, embroidered on the finest silk canvas on both sides, the picture is placed in a special screen that can rotate around its axis, giving the opportunity to admire the “mirror” image of the painting. How it is possible to embroider a double-sided pattern is known only to real embroiderers, and their secrets are passed on from generation to generation.

Girl in national costume. Chinese silk embroidery art

Girl in national costume. Chinese silk embroidery art

If we said about the pearl and diamond Chinese embroidery, then how can we call “tripartite” Chinese embroidery? This embroidery looks the same as the double-sided embroidery, only has two different paintings, executed on the same silk fabric. On each side – its picture. And the pictures are of different plot, different color versions and different embroidery area. To see the picture on the back of the screen is possible only when unfolded. Unfortunately, there are few artists able to sew such a miracle, and one small embroidered picture takes not less than 6 months of hard work.

Girl in the lotus. Chinese silk embroidery art

Girl in the lotus. Chinese silk embroidery art

All silk paintings tend to reflect light, visually perceived as a way out of the energy flow. This is due to the refraction of light on the edges of the silk thread. Skillful use of this feature of silk thread leads to the fact that the painting “glow” and eye-catching, fascinating, mesmerizing, evoke the feeling of make-up energy.

Girl with flute. Chinese silk embroidery art

Girl with flute. Chinese silk embroidery art

All paintings include good characters, bringing health, wealth, joy, happiness, well-being. There is nothing more to explain about the exclusivity of each work.

Guan Yin. Chinese silk embroidery art

Guan Yin. Chinese silk embroidery art

Guan Yin is surrounded by legends of salvation and deliverance from the great danger of miracles and healings power, allowing to break the chain of misery and suffering. Quan Yin can change the course of rivers and seas movement as well as tame a raging torrent of destiny and desires.

Boy in a velvet suit. Chinese silk embroidery art

Boy in a velvet suit. Chinese silk embroidery art

Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830) was the most celebrated portraitist of the late 18th – early 19th century, in which the art was not just naturalism, but very strong idealism. Poses of his models were perfectly impressive. The artist became famous for his portraits of the age of ten, depicting Queen Charlotte, when she was only twenty years old, and after the death of Sir Joshua Reynolds’s court painter was appointed painter to the king. One of the classic British children’s portraits – “Boy in a velvet suit.” Silk embroidery done in multiple layers and passes incomparable luster of velvet suit.

Guan Yin - The Virgin Mary of the East. Chinese silk embroidery art

Guan Yin – The Virgin Mary of the East. Chinese silk embroidery art

Immortal Guan Yin. Chinese silk embroidery art

Immortal Guan Yin. Chinese silk embroidery art

In the temple. Chinese silk embroidery art

In the temple. Chinese silk embroidery art

Many-armed Guan Yin. Chinese silk embroidery art

Many-armed Guan Yin. Chinese silk embroidery art

Vase with flowers closeup. Chinese silk embroidery art

Vase with flowers closeup. Chinese silk embroidery art

Vase with flowers. Chinese silk embroidery art

Vase with flowers. Chinese silk embroidery art

Vase with sunflowers. Chinese silk embroidery art

Vase with sunflowers. Chinese silk embroidery art

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