Han embroidery has decorated clothes and houses in ancient China for as long as 2000 years ago.
Having originated during the Han Dynasty, Han embroidery gradually began incorporating more distinctive local features into its designs to represent its culture.
One such example would be Suzhou’s embroidery applying a more “realistic” style into its creations.
On the other hand, Han embroidery represents the people of Hubei province, known for being very hot-tempered and unrestrained. This influenced its style greatly.
According to Ren Wei, an inheritor of Han embroidery, the art is very practical as it drew inspiration from people’s daily lives.
She explained that the embroidery techniques could be classified into four categories: folk custom items, traditional opera costumes and accessories, religious and ritual pieces, and lantern festival and temple fair items.
Besides, even though printed templates with colors can make work easier, Ren and her colleagues insist on old-school stitching.
Ren unveiled that Han embroidery mainly uses basic and bright colors such as red, yellow, green, white, and black to make a strong impression at first glance.
「首先，我們講究的是齊針，以齊平針為主講究的是分層破色，」Ren Wei 說道。
“First, we mostly use horizontal stitches; the patterns are then divided into a gradation of colors,” Ren said.
She continued, adding that Han embroidery adds golden threads with the silk ones so that the works shine.
In every piece, there are also many auspicious elements, so that each piece carries and message that ultimately all represent “good wishes.”