Shantou hand-embroidered handkerchief - SWATOW [Heritage 7776]

SKU: 050265-7776-10


Early 18th century.
Shantou is the city where Italian missionaries introduced the Doron work technique. An old port town facing the East China Sea in the southern part of mainland China, where Chinese sailing ships called "junks" were anchored in the harbor at that time and there was an idyllic atmosphere. In this area, many women were engaged in handicraft work as domestic jobs.

After European traditional embroidery techniques were introduced to the area, ancient Chinese designs such as phoenixes and dragons were fused with Western-style techniques to establish Shantou embroidery as one of the three major embroidery techniques in China.

Women grow up watching their mothers stitch needles from a young age and learn to hold them by watching and imitating, and by the age of five, they are able to do simple embroidery by themselves. By the time they are 15 years old, many of them are involved in embroidery work. They have embroidery frames made of bamboo or rattan, needles, thread, and scissors. Using only a frame made of bamboo or rattan, a needle, thread, and scissors, the embroiderer inserts the needle at an astonishing speed and beautifully finishes even the most intricate designs using more than 100 different embroidery techniques.

In this way, the technique was handed down from mother to daughter for more than 200 years. The fact that many of the designs are still the same as when they were brought from Europe adds to the antique charm.

This Shantou handkerchief conveys the excellence of handcraftsmanship. The use of natural fibers makes the handkerchiefs highly absorbent and practical, which is also a big attraction. Unfortunately, with modernization, this tradition has almost died out.Please take a look at the Shantou handkerchiefs, which are becoming increasingly rare.

Column: Shantou hand-embroidered handkerchief "Fine and neat square" >.

Size : 29cm x 29cm, 100% linen, embroidery thread: 100% cotton, made in China
Item No.: 050265-7776-10

Initial embroidery is not available on this handkerchief. Please note that we do not accept initial embroidery.
We also offer packaging in a paulownia box.

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