Art Exhibit Series

Loose Threads, Rich Colors: Xiang Embroidery from Early 20th Century China

The Yale-China Association presented an exhibit in 2011 featuring current and historic examples of fine embroidery and jewelry from Hunan. Xiang embroidery has long been prized for its beauty, intricacy, vibrant colors, and the extraordinary quality of craftsmanship.

The exhibit was made possible by Sally Edwards, Jeanie Barnard, and Dave Barnard—the grandchildren of James W. Williams (Yale College 1908), who sailed to China in August 1916. He spent one year in language study at the Nanking Language School and five years teaching biology with Yale-China in Changsha, Hunan in south central China.

Xiang embroidery is considered one of the four great embroidery styles of China. It originated in the Hunan province of China. Xiang embroidery is akin to folk art with its loose threads and rich colors. It uses pure silk, hard satin, soft satin and nylon as its material with colorful silk threads.

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