Suzhou heritage gets a boost

Updated 2017-06-16 09:26:40 China Daily
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Models show creations of fashion brands that demonstrate how they enliven Chinese garments at a recent runway show at Prince Gong's Mansion in Beijing.

Models show creations of fashion brands that demonstrate how they enliven Chinese garments at a recent runway show at Prince Gong's Mansion in Beijing.

An exhibition on Suzhou embroidery, which is known for its subtlety, brings to the fore its long history.

Recent fashion events in Beijing have given new meaning to intangible cultural heritage. The shows celebrating Chinese garments were held at Prince Gong's Mansion recently.

The events, supported by the department of intangible cultural heritage under the Ministry of Culture, were organized by the China National Garment Association, the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, the organizing committee of China Fashion Week and Minzu University of China.

The shows, held over June 5-10, included an exhibition on Suzhou embroidery, which dates back to more than 2,000 years and is known for its subtlety.

The exhibition showcased garments, paintings, and demonstrated the skills of the makers.

Three academic forums were held during the period-on Suzhou embroidery, traditional attire and traditional weaving and printing, respectively.

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A model shows a creation of fashion brands that demonstrates how they enliven Chinese garments at a recent runway show at Prince Gong's Mansion in Beijing.

A model shows a creation of fashion brands that demonstrates how they enliven Chinese garments at a recent runway show at Prince Gong's Mansion in Beijing.

Six fashion shows were also held as fashion brands demonstrated how they were enlivening Chinese garment culture.

The collections showcased traditional handcrafts-Su embroidery, Jing embroidery, Cantonese embroidery and Chinese silk tapestry-to demonstrate how traditional craftsmanship can not only survive but thrive.

At the fashion shows, NE Tiger showed qipao-gowns and wedding dresses featuring Su embroidery. It also showcased replicas of costumes from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).

Liang Zi's collection featured Chinese silk treated with a special plant juice, while Zhao Yufeng's collection featured clothes for a family, from a grandfather to young children.

Meanwhile, the Eve Group used ethnic Miao embroidery in its clothing for men and women.

In the clothes, traditional Miao embroidery was updated to cater to modern tastes.

Eve, which has been in the business for 23 years, has a team that specializes in discovering and documenting traditional Chinese craftsmanship.

It has a huge database of Chinese craftsmen and women and their works, and has been used extensively in its collections, exhibitions and runway shows in Milan, London and Paris in recent years.

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A model shows a creation of fashion brands that demonstrates how they enliven Chinese garments at a recent runway show at Prince Gong's Mansion in Beijing.

A model shows a creation of fashion brands that demonstrates how they enliven Chinese garments at a recent runway show at Prince Gong's Mansion in Beijing.

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