An Introduction to Shu, Xiang and Yue Embroidery

Posted by Edna Zhou & Siting Ke on July 04, 2014

The Chinese have long been skilled in the arts of dyeing, weaving and embroidery, and there are at least 15 embroidery styles remaining. Read more about it in our latest blog post.

Peonies in Chinese Art and Culture

Posted by Edna Zhou & Siting Ke on November 01, 2013
A typical Chinese traditional painting of peonies

Peonies may be small, but they are a unique flower of China, with a history that dates back thousands of years. Find out more about this flower and its importance in Chinese culture in this month’s blog post.

The Art of Koi

Posted by Shengfei Zhu & Pia Fennell on August 31, 2013
An example of koi in Chinese painting.

Koi can be seen everywhere these days. From tattoo art and fashion to interior design, these fish call to mind the serenity of the Far East and simple beauty of nature. Koi are ornamental varieties of domesticated carp that are kept in outdoor ponds or water gardens and were originally developed in Ancient Japan for their decorative qualities. Major varieties are distinguished by color, pattern, and size. They are a very common theme for Chinese traditional art, and also carry significant artistic meanings in Asian cultures.

King's Silk Art: Embroidery from Imperial China

Posted by Shengfei Zhu & Pia Fennell on July 31, 2013

Twelve-symbol imperial robe cut in Qing style, Chinese, late nineteenth century.

Silk embroidery is an ancient and integral part of China's cultural heritage, and has long been associated with royalty. For centuries, this craft has adorned the vestments and palaces of Chinese emperors and their families to signify their supremacy and set them apart from those they ruled. Here we look at some of the most influential pieces of imperial silk embroidery from China's history, and examine both their influence on imperial culture and Chinese art in general.