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Suzhou Embroidery Research Institute

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Suzhou Embroidery Research Institute

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Discover some of Suzhou's highlights, enjoy all the flexibility but none of the language hassles on this private customized full-day tour. Pick four or five attractions and explore these sites at your own pace to aviod the crowds on public transport. Instead you'll have a private & spacious vehicle with a skillful driver and an expert guide lead you to learn Suzhou culture and history, admire beautiful sceneries. Private vehicle, English speaking guide, entrance fee and bottled water,etc are included.
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Broadview1972 wrote a review Aug 2019
Avonlea, Canada44 contributions15 helpful votes
Learned about silk and got to see masters at work. Their work is incredible, especially the double sided pieces. Lots to buy. I think it’s not necessarily the best deal.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Calbo44_11 wrote a review Jun 2019
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom25 contributions27 helpful votes
Watching the embroiderer working was a mesmerizing experience. She is such an experienced lady I could have stayed there all day. We were then taken in to see some of the finished works, these were mind blowing, the workmanship is beyond anything I have seen before. We'll worth a visit if you're in the area.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Surveyor47 wrote a review May 2019
Havant, United Kingdom1,589 contributions187 helpful votes
Watching the masters at work takes your breath away. Some of the silks looking like photographs or pictures. This was nearly a forgotten art, but with the help of the government, is starting to flourish again. Looking at the skill, patience and sheer time it takes to make these items, it is not surprising that some of them have quite a high price. I did buy a couple of smaller items for home and they now take pride of place on the wall of my home office. Not to be missed.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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BobWE wrote a review Mar 2019
Manhattan Beach, CA656 contributions261 helpful votes
When the invitation to tour the institute was offered we thought that that the visit was going to be another one of those businesses that cranks out China products that you can buy on the cheap on the internet--boy were we surprised. This institute produces some of the most beautiful and intricate artwork products that I have ever seen. Suzhou or "Su" embroidery is one of the oldest embroidery techniques in the world with origins stretching back more than 2,000 years ago that was developed in China. The produce is detailed needlework and results in intricate images are still produced today with brightly colored silk embroidery. The artwork is well-proportioned and includes pastoral scenes, persons, animals, or objects. Some of the oldest pieces still in existence date back hundreds of years. There are three rooms. The first is the location of the artists working on looms. The second is the premier pieces for sale. The third room is the large salesroom where the remaining product is sold. Make sure you visit all three before you make a decision whether to purchase. The prices are negotiable for the expensive pieces but are set for the lessor "tourist pieces." Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. This institute has the majority of Master artists in all of China producing their products. No hard salesmanship going on at this location--very friendly personnel.
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Date of experience: February 2019
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Elizabeth B wrote a review Nov 2018
Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom313 contributions87 helpful votes
This fascinating establishment housed some incredibly fine pieces of work.The stitch craft was meticulous and the years of work which went into some of the pieces quite remarkable. The government is keen to ensure that this skill will not be lost, so has brought out of retirement the experts of this craft, in order to pass on these skills to the next generation. There is a wide array of beautiful pieces of embroidery to buy where the prices match the skill level.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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