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“Interesting building with some spectacular items” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Suzhou Art & Crafts Museum

Suzhou Art & Crafts Museum
88 Xibei Street, Suzhou, China
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Ranked #120 of 302 things to do in Suzhou
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“Interesting building with some spectacular items”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

The Arts and Crafts museum appeared to be a large Clan building complex with courtyards and pleasant gardens. It was not extensive but was very good with a variety of spectacular hand-crafted items (fans; carvings including ivory, sandalwood and rosewood; furniture, jade statues and ceramics) and the exhibits included a quite large picture of a traditional court-scene which was entirely embroidered in human hair and at first sight looked like a very fine ink drawing. There were also many examples of silk embroidered pictures on fine transparent silk set in carved wooden frames. The stitching and detail in those works was so fine that the pictures appeared to be water-colour paintings; and some were double-sided and were of exquisite workmanship. There was a gallery in an upper floor selling craft-wares including the beautiful silk embroidered pictures. The museum is a short walk west (a few minutes) from the Humble Administrator's Garden and, in the same street, there are several small shops selling various handcraft wares and, particularly, filigree sandalwood fans (check all the prices and bargain, before you buy). We spent about an hour in the Arts and Crafts Museum which we had found by chance on the way to the North Temple Pagoda and the Silk Museum. Definitely worth a visit. I can't remember whether we paid to enter but, if so, it was a minimal fee.

Visited April 2013
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