The usage of Chinese embroidery today and in history
In ancient China, girls were taught to embroider at a very early age. Just as a young man’s learning and intelligence was judged by his technique in calligraphy, a woman was judged by her embroidery skills. When a girl became engaged she had to present pieces of embroidery to all the relatives and friends of her prospective bridegroom for their critical appraisal. The purpose of this appraisal was to determine her embroidery skills. If she was very accomplished, she would be considered as having the ability to manage the household, and therefore, being a good wife for the young man.
Of course, embroidery isn’t presented today when couples get engaged, instead they present gold and diamond rings to each other and collect lucky money from their friends and relatives today in China.
Embroidery now is used for decoration, fashion and daily use items. By displaying a beautiful hand made Chinese Su embroidery at home or in your office, it not only creates the orient spirit, but also brightens the room and enlivens it. Most of the graphics, such as tigers and peonies, have a special meaning in FengShui. Tiger means strong, powerful and conquer your enemies. Peony means live, pretty and wealth.
Fine embroidery was used particularly for royal families or high position governors in ancient China. The ancient Chinese emperors used embroidery in their bedcovers, cushions and other accessories in their palaces. Today, you can buy Chinese embroidery and use them as a part of home decoration items. The typical Chinese symbols such as the Dragon and Phoenix gives you little bit royal atmosphere in your delightful home.
Many people in US like to have silk embroidered paintings for wall decor in their home or office. The embroidery paintings are entirely hand embroidered with silk threads, comparable to oil paintings in colors.