Two Suzhou embroidery artists win the national title of masters of arts and crafts

May 16, 2018|By Yang Wenjie

Two Su-style embroidery artists Yao Jianping and Zou Yingzi won the honor of National Arts and Crafts Masters on Monday.

This is the 7th year for the China National Light Industry Council to give away the prize, which is usually referred to as the “Olympic Award” of Chinese arts and crafts.

Altogether 90 finalists were chosen from more than 200 participants from 31 provinces and regions in China.

Nine finalists from Jiangsu Province won the national title, including three masters of Su-style embroidery, with two of them hailing from Suzhou New District.

Su-style embroidery is a traditional folk art that originated from Wu Town, Suzhou and known as one of the four famous embroideries in China. The other three are Xiang-style, Yue-style and Shu-style embroideries.

In addition to their contribution to the inheritance of ancient Suzhou culture, Yao and Zou won the title for creating delicate and vivid features of Su-style embroidery and promoting innovation of the craft.

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