Handmade Embroidery Silk Art

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About SilkartAustralia

Sales 722
On Etsy since 2022
Video summary: 🎈🎈🎈 A customer comments from the US exhibition and the silk art hand stitching process.

This handmade embroidery art is an entirely natural form of art. No glues, paint or machinery, just silk, vegetable dyes , a needle and talent hands.

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  • Forest Silk


    Forest began paving the 21st Century Silk Art Road in 2002, when Forest and his family immigrated to Canada from Suzhou, China. Our success in Canada brought us to a new location in 2006, California, US, to the UK in 2008, and to Australia in 2011.

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  • Cai Meiying

    Suzhou, China

    Cai Meiying has liked hand-embroidery since she was a child. At the age of 15, under the long-term influence of her mother and the ancestors in the neighborhood, she started her embroidery career just like others.

  • Chen Yinghua

    Suzhou, China

    Chen Yinghua started to learn hand-embroidery formally at the age of fourteen, and Chen Yinghua has been embroidering for 35 years. Since 2003, she has been involved in the reproduction of embroidery relics in the Palace Museum, the Summer Palace and other places in Beijing.

  • Lu Juying

    Suzhou, China

    Lu Juying, a master of hand-embroidery arts and crafts, was born in a family of embroidery in Suzhou. She loved embroidery very much since she was a child. When she was five years old, she learned embroidery from her mother and grandmother. ".

  • Lu Meihong

    Suzhou, China

    Lu Meihong received art enrichment from the town of Suzhou hand-embroidery art since he was a child, and studied embroidery with his mother Lu Juying. She graduated from Suzhou Arts and Crafts School and has a solid artistic foundation.

  • Yao huifen

    Suzhou, China

    Ms. Yao Huifen, born in a family of hand-embroidery in Suzhou, has been learning embroidery since she was a child, and is the fourth generation successor of the modern simulation hand-embroidery master Shen Shou.

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Last updated on 11 May, 2022

Frequently asked questions

Does the silk art have credibility and long term value?

Absolutely, yes. Keep in mind this art form has been around for thousands of years and top end pieces sell in the hundred of thousands of dollars. Please visit the work of some of our Grand Master Artists.

One of the big reasons we believe Silk Art will increase in value is simply what is happening to the industry. One way to get a 2000 year history for artwork, is for your artists to have no other career choices. In today’s China people have lots of choices. A major concern is, as China industrializes, the hand arts, especially one where you spend hour after hour after hour stitching, will disappear.

Why is Silk Art special?

Simply, its exquisite beauty, masterful craftsmanship and unique history. Silk Art is the art of painting with needle and thread. It is done by hand using silk thread on silk fabric. Silk Art is highly prized in China and recognized as the art of Emperor’s.

As one in the western culture learns about Van Gogh and the great western art masters growing up, Chinese children learn about Silk Art. It’s ancient heritage comes from the royal embroiderers, families placed into Suzhou China thousands of years ago by The Chinese Emperor to embroider his robes. The art produced by these families all belong to the Emperor, hence the art of King’s.

How do I keep the Silk Art in good condition?

Silk Art is very easy to maintain and keep in perfect condition. There are just three important rules to care for this natural product.

No Direct Sunlight
No Dust
No Moisture

The most important rule for maintaining Silk Art is no direct sunlight. Direct sunlight will fade the colors of the silk. Silk artwork should be artificially lit, we recommend using halogen lights at about 50-60 Watts. You can find halogen picture lights online or at any hardware store.

For proper care, Silk Art must be protected by glass. Silk artwork, made from natural fibers, attracts dust. Frames with normal glass will be fine in a somewhat dark room, but you might consider using UV glass with glare protection, in a room with more light.

How does Silk Art last over time?

Handmade Silk Art is very durable and if it’s not exposed to the elements, the entire piece and it’s colors will look the same for generations. By comparison, machine-made, synthetic embroidery will show its age much sooner.

How do I judge the quality of Silk Art ?

It’s easy to judge high quality Silk Art, just by looking at it.

Colors – The more colors, the higher the quality.
Length – The shorter the stitches, the higher the quality.
Thickness – The thinner the thread, the higher the quality.
Layers – The more layers, the higher the quality.
Design – The more curved lines, the higher the quality.

How does Silk Art compare to paintings?

Silk Art is 3D – Paint flattens on a canvas, even as an artist blends layers of color. Silk fibers stay intact and as the stitches are layered, creating a true 3D effect.

Silk Art is more colorful – Silk Art is comprised of a multitude of tiny, colorful stitches instead of cruder brush strokes. Silk Art has a much higher resolution than most paintings. High Definition TV versus Standard TV.

Silk Art colors last longer – The chemicals in paint degrade over time, pure silk and vegetable dyes can last far longer.

Silk Artistry – Silk Artist must master several important skills and require a lifetime of training to create Silk Art. Painting is a far simpler process.

How do I know Silk Art is not machine made?

Stitches – Only handmade Silk Art varies the types of stitches, creating depth and dimension.

Appearance – Compare original artwork to a print. Only one has life and character, and is unique.

Thread – Handmade Silk Art uses pure silk threads of varying thicknesses. Embroidery machines cannot handle the delicacy of silk and use synthetic threads of one standard thickness.

Background – The backgrounds of handmade Silk Art are filled with small knots. Silk Artists change thread frequently and knot the ends. Machine-made embroidery is perfectly uniform, several pieces can be made with a single thread, so there are no knots.

Collectible Value – Handmade artwork is inherently more valuable than mass-produced.

What is the red stamp in the corner of Silk Art ?

The red stamp represents the “House of Zhang”. The Zhang family has been creating Silk Art in Suzhou for 2,500 years. This stamp identifies Silk Art created for King Silk Art by the artists of the “House of Zhang”. The name of our company, King Silk Art, is a bit of a play on words. “King” not only references Emperors, but it is also the pronunciation for our President’s first name “Qing”.

With Silk Art , what is the difference between an Teacher Artist, a Master Artist and a Grandmaster Artist?

The top Grandmaster silk artists in China are quite famous for their talent and craftsmanship. The prices of Silk Art in China are based on the reputation of the artist.

Professional silk artists go through a lengthy learning process to develop their skills and talent. The very first lessons begin on grandma’s knee. For Silk Art families, teaching our children about the family legacy is a centuries old tradition. For those with talent and an interest, formal training starts in their late teens.

Silk artists must spend ten years as a student and another eight years as a teacher in order to meet the time requirement to be a Master silk artist. After five years as a Master artist, an artist may apply to become a Grand Master silk artist.

Will the Silk Art I buy look exactly like the photo?

No. When artwork is handmade, each work has its own unique execution. Our artists are not machines. Even when working from the same design, individual silk artists will put their own human touch into each work.

There may be very slight variations in color, as each artist will interpret tone as the image emerges. In addition, each piece is hand-stitched, so no two pieces will have identical stitching, even if the same artist created both pieces. As with musicians playing a familiar composition in concert, there will always be slight variations from any other performance, bringing each individual piece to life.