Inscribed on the List of National Intangible Cultural Heritage of China, it refers to the crafts that various patterns are embroidered in silk products under the deep influence of the geographical and cultural environment of Shu area. Dating back to the Spring and Autumn period, it flourishes with the development of silk products industry.
Its raw materials are satin and colored silk; patterns was embroidered through colored silk; With 122 stitching and weaving techniques divided into 12 categories, it uses brightly colored threads, evenly stitched to produce a delicate picture or pattern. One of the most popular subjects for Shu embroiderers is the panda bear, but scenes of nature of any kind are common. Shu embroidery is used for both artistic pieces and for objects which may be used every day, such as quilts, sheets, slippers, or clothes
It is inscribed on the List ofNational Intangible Cultural Heritage of China in 2008. There is no need for drawing designs but using silk or cotton threads and skillful techniques to embroider artworks featuring the unique aesthetic styles and values, patterns and colors of Qiang ethnic group, which is full of historical and cultural connotation.
The unity of art and life: most themes derive from their daily life. They use various complex techniques to embroider figures of plants and animals and auspicious or picturesque patterns on self-made cloths through delicate composition.
Originating from 9th Century, it is one of the artistic forms of Tibetan Buddhism and most unique embroidery of Chinese ethnic minorities. It continues to absorb the Han Chinese culture, central and western Asian culture and other Tibetan art techniques and is developed into a mature cultural phenomenon and a combination of farming and Buddhist culture which are peculiar to the Plateau.
There are over 10 traditional stitches which are used differently in Tibetan clothes, Thangka, decorations of pillars in the temple and other traditional and religious object. But now they add new elements featuring the landscape, environment and custom on Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, such as Tibetan mastiff, Tibetan antelope and Sanjiangyuan National Nature Reserve.