China has four types of silk embroidery:
苏绣 su xiu Silk embroidery from Suzhou
湘 绣 xiang xiu from Hunan
粤绣 yue xiu Guangdong silk embroidery
蜀绣 shu xiu Shu embroidery. Shu is the name of an ancient state in Sichuan. Sichuan is still known as Shu.
Silk features in numerous songs, poems and novels thoughout history. Song dynasty poet Zhang Yu (张俞):wrote this poem
蚕奴 The silkworm lady
昨日入城市 I went to the city yesterday
归来泪满巾 Back home, tears filled my towel
遍身罗衣者 Those dressed in silk clothing
不是养蚕人 Are not the people who raised the silkworms
Silk is used to make many other items .. umbrellas, fans… even chopstick covers.
Silk was used in ancient times as a kind of paper – messages were written in elegant calligraphy on silk.
The Qing Ming Tu is a silk embroidery, depicting scenes at Qing Ming festival, from the Qing dynasty.