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Embroidery is a form of traditional Chinese art. During the Spring and Autumn Period, more than 2,000 years ago, people from Wu State applied embroidery to clothes. That was the origin of Suzhou-style embroidery. 

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Suzhou embroidery has a long history. It has been excavated in Auspicious Tower and Mount Tiger Tower made in Northern Song in the Five dynasties. The kind of Chinese embroidery was made in rather professional ways, which is believed to be the earliest by now.

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Suzhou embroidery (Su embroidery for short) was originated in Wuxian, Suzhou and later on spread to the neighboring areas such as Nantong, Wuxi, Changzhou, Yangzhou, Suqian and Dongtai in Jiangsu province. These areas, located in the lower reach of Youngest River, have been famous for their high quality silk productions for centuries. The fertile soil, mild temperature, and booming production of silk fabric and thread naturally nourished the burgeoning and flourishing of Suzhou embroidery.

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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.

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Embroidery is an excellent traditional technology with a long history in China. It is a kind of Chinese handicraft to embroider various designs with different kinds of threads and materials on fabric. The unearthed silk painting and embroidery prove that as early as more than 3000 years ago, there was already splendid silk with veiled design and of various colors.

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