Chinese silk has a legendary history of thousands of years.
In the Sichuan area silk production is believed to be invented or started by Cancong, legendary ruler of Shu kingdom (Chengdu region of Sichuan), and Shu brocade silk is recorded in history since at least the Warring States Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC).
After the Qin dynasty united China, Shu brocade continued and gained in importance. Chengdu became the start of the southern Silk Road exporting silk to the Roman empire and others.
The Romans were so concerned about the economic impact of Roman silver being send to China in exchange for silk that they unsuccessfully attempted to ban silk.
On the Chinese side, silk production became a national secret, kept for 1,000 years, with death penalty imposed for anyone breaking it! Silk became part of official uniforms, the emperor appointed a special brocade officer in Chengdu to supervise the industry, and since at least the Song Dynasty an imperial Shu brocade workshop was established to provide for the court and gifts for distinguished royal guests.
If you have the chance to visit the Chengdu area, the Sichuan Silk Museum is not far from the Giant Panda Breeding Research base.
Black Silk Evening BagBlack silk velvet evening bag, decorated with Chinese Silk Brocade hand-stitched silk embroidery featuring a peony plant with orange pink and red flowers and green leaves. Front cloth is Shu tapestry style fine silk with plant/flower motifs in a range of colours, sides are black velvet. Bottom, interior and handle are also quality black silk. Classic and elegant style purse, suitable…£52.73 (GBP)
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Decorative Embroidery SpoolChinese Silk Brocade hand-stitched silk embroidery decoration. Embroidered on both sides, front features a multi-coloured butterfly on a plum blossom branch with buds and flowers, reverse features 2 flower, bud, branch motifs. Backing cloth is Shu tapestry style fine silk with plant/flower motifs in a range of colours. You can use this as a pin cushion or spool when you…£14.76 (GBP)
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Glasses CaseRigid glasses case lined with silk and covered with Chinese Silk Brocade hand-stitched silk embroidery. Lightweight practical alternative to the standard metal glasses case, and the only one with hand-made silk embroidery. Size 17x6.5x3cm (6.69x2.56x1.18 inches) made in one size, to fit almost all standard spectacles. Available in a variety of colours and designs, including playful re-interpretation of traditional design…£15.44 – £21.54
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Hanging Decoration, pack of 2Chinese Silk Brocade hand-stitched silk embroidery hanging decoration, embroidered on both sides. Front features a pair of butterflies (one white and purple and one red, both with gold thread antennae). Reverse features orange and pink peonies (2 peony flowers and 2 buds) and a pair of orange and blue hummingbirds. The backing cloth is Shu tapestry style fine silk with…£25.61 (GBP)
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Pink Flowery PursePink silk clutch handbag, decorated with Chinese Silk Brocade hand-stitched silk knot embroidery featuring pink magnolia flowers. Cloth is Silk tapestry style fine silk with traditional motifs. Bag is finished with concealed magnetic clasp, and an interior zip pocket. Classic and elegant style purse, suitable for both daily use and formal events. Size 31x13x5cm (12.2x5.12x1.97 inches)£60.19 (GBP)
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Round Translucent Silk Fan with Tassel (pure silk and beech wood)Fabric is 100% pure silk and is translucent. Handle: beech wood. Fan diameter: 21 cm. Fan size: 32.5 * 21 * 0.5 cm Round handmade silk fan. You can either draw on the fan with watercolor paints or do embroidery on the fan.£6.53 (GBP)
£6.53 (GBP) Brand: inkston
Materials: Beech wood, Silk
Product Size: 32.5 x 21 x 0.5 cm
Product Weight: 76
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Silk Bookmark13 cm by 3 cm Colors: Green, Light Green, Pink, Purple, Light Purple, Dark Brown, Light Blue£6.78 (GBP)
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Silk Card WalletCard wallet lined with silk and covered with Chinese Silk Brocade hand-stitched silk embroidery. Has 10 silk lined card slots and 2 larger silk pouches. Size: 14x8x1cm (5.51x3.15x0.39 inches) Available in 2 colours and designs: Green with Pink and Orange Peonies. Copper Brown with Blue Flower and Silver Outlining.£16.57 – £16.72
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Silk ClutchSilk clutch bag, decorated with Chinese Silk Brocade hand-stitched silk knot embroidery in an abstract design. Classic and elegant style purse, suitable for both daily use and formal events. Handbag is finished with concealed magnetic clasp, an interior card pocket and a removable carrying chain. Size 24x10.5x5.5cm (9.45x4.13x2.17 inches) Available in Silver and Gold colours.£49.72 (GBP)
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Silk Coin PurseSmall silk purse, decorated with Chinese Silk Brocade hand-stitched silk embroidery flowers outlined with silver thread. Both bag and lining is of Shu tapestry style fine silk with plant/flower motifs. Bag is finished with brass style metallic clasp and a small chain with a keyring. Classic and elegant style purse, suitable for both daily use and formal events. Size 12.5cm x…£14.76 (GBP)
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Silk Compact Pocket Magnifying Makeup MirrorPocket mirror set decorated with Chinese Silk Brocade hand-stitched silk embroidery flower decorations. Clasp opens up to reveal standard and magnifying mirrors. Circular design, diameter 7cm (2.76 inches) wide Available in a range of colours and designs including: Red with Peony Flowers and Bee Dark Orchid Purple with Cherry Blossom Flowers Blue with Cherry Blossom Flowers Violet Red with Cherry Blossom Flowers£14.69 (GBP)
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Silk Embroidery Cushion CoverLuxury silk cushion cover with black organza silk back, organza lining and richly decorated front panel in hand-stitched Shu Brocade silk embroidery. The embroidered scene fills the surface with a pair of colourful parus major birds in flowering pink peach blossom branches. The stitching is close and thick in a rich variety of shades of colour, rendering a high level…
Silk Embroidery Cushion Cover