With an illustrious history that dates back half a century, the textile and embroidery industry in Shanghai claims a legacy woven in many layers with global appeal as the cornerstone of its continued success. Renowned world over for its intricacies and eccentricities, the textile industry in the “Paris of the East” is as complex as the many fabrication techniques which are unique to this region of the Chinese Republic. Linked with the city’s rise over the annals of time this booming industry now garnering world wide acclaim is one of the best reasons to pay a visit to this corner of China, which is regarded as its cultural heartland whereas its more cosmopolitan sibling Beijing serves as the financial backbone.
So varied is its complexities that the Shanghai textile and embroidery catalogue can be divided into not several but nearly seven sub-categories that are namely the artistic tapestry, drawn work, mandarin coat machine embroidery, carpet weaving, painting products and gu broidery. The latter is perhaps Shanghai’s most famous embroidery technique with a history dating back 500 years.
Artistic tapestry on the other hand highlights oil paintings while the woolen carpets of Shanghai also hold a special place among collectors for their stunning designs and beauty. Embroidery done in wool is another local specialty and is manufactured in two classes, one for everyday use and others as a works of art for display. Those meant for appreciation enjoys global recognition as a work of Shanghai woolen embroidery piece dubbed “The Great Wall” decks the walls of the United Nations Hall.
Other areas of interest for visitors in search of Shanghai’s thriving textile repertoire include Shanghai silk as it is considered one of China’s premier silk manufacturers. Jiading Yellow Grass Knitting is another local craft that is worthy of exploration as handbags and sandals made of yellow reed grass in Shanghai’s Jiading district have been popular souvenir items since time immemorial. The art of creating glutinous rice flour sculptures is also unique to Shanghai as are the metal arts and crafts which are available in the form of jewelry, home ware and enamel instruments.
Travellers on the lookout for a Shanghai boutique hotel should select 89 Xintiandi Shanghai for all their accommodation needs. Ranked as one of the top serviced residences in Shanghai this stunning establishment caters to long term and short stay visitors in search of luxurious living spaces.