Revel in the natural: 100% handmade Su Embroidered Cashmere Scarf
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* PREMIUM HANDMADE PRODUCT, NEVER FACTORY PRODUCED: Each scarf is 100% handmade by very talented Chinese artisans from Suzhou, Jiangsu.
* ETHICALLY SOURCED: we partner with and source directly from local artisans in Suzhou – each purchase is a unique chance to help our social mission to improve the livelihood of marginalized ethnic minorities and preserve their cultural heritage!
* MATERIAL: HIGH QUALITY CASHMERE. Expertly woven from the wool of cashmere goats and embroidered with the finest silk threads from Suzhou, this soft, natural fabric is both lightweight and warm! 71 x 13 inch
* EXPERT CRAFTSMANSHIP FOLLOWING ANCIENT TRADITIONS: a unique accessory featuring Su embroidery, which ranks among the world’s finest embroidery styles due to its finesse and intricacy, and is listed by UNESCO as intangible cultural heritage since 2006!
* ELEGANTLY SIMPLE STYLE TO KEEP ANY NATURE LOVER COZY: Keep warm and stay stylish with this gorgeous cashmere scarf, embroidered with elegant floral patterns on both sides, a striking effect only possible through Su embroidery!
Who says all-natural products can’t feel luxurious? Not us! Deftly woven using top-quality cashmere wool, this beautiful accessory is light and breathable, made from the softest material that will not irritate the skin. The simple design is crafted flawlessly, creating an aesthetic of understated elegance, perfect for a nature lover with a soft spot for luxury! Thanks to the masterful Su double-sided embroidery, the scarf is accented on both sides with delicately embroidered floral patterns in pastel shades. Never again will you have to worry about which way to wrap it to show off the patterns, both ways work! We recommend these scarves as the perfect way to stay stylish while keeping warm; pair with a trench coat and matching gloves for a cozy look on a chilly autumn night, or draped around the shoulders over a cream jumper to keep the draft out! Colors include: grey, pink, light blue, champion, beige and purple.
Su Embroidery: An Intangible Cultural Heritage
Su embroidery or su xiu èç»£ originates in the city of Suzhou in Jiangsu province, the centre of Chinese embroidery since the Spring and Autumn period (770-476 BC), some 2,500 years ago. This style is so iconic in part thanks to its unique ability to create identical designs on both sides of the fabric. Known as shuÄng miàn xiù åé¢ç»? no other style can mimic this double-sided embroidery. Su embroidery is a broad and complex style of embroidery, but can be roughly divided into two groups: ‘even embroidery’ ping xiu å¹³ç»£, which stresses uniformity by avoiding crossing thread, and ‘random embroidery’ luan zhen xiu ä¹±éç»? which involves layering and crossing threads of different colors and thicknesses. Both techniques are known for balanced compositions and dense stitching with both thick and thin threads. These techniques require generations to master and the skills are passed from mother to daughter. In 2006 Su embroidery was designated as an intangible cultural heritage of China, and in 2018 the technique was selected as one of the first of China’s national traditional craft revitalization and protection objects.
Cashmere wool weaving: an ancient tradition
Cashmere is made from the wool of Cashmere goats and first began in Mongolia and other parts of Central Asia, more than 2,000 years ago. While it is not as insulating as other types of wool, cashmere wool is highly prized for its soft and fine texture, which can be woven into thin, dense fabrics that are gentle on the skin. Many nomadic, herding groups have made cashmere in traditional ways for millennia. The industrialized process is very similar, though on a much larger scale; it is a complex multi-step process. First the goats’ coats are sheared and then this wool is cleaned to remove dirt and other impurities. It is then straightened and spun on a spinning machine, which twists the wool fibers together to form yarn. This yarn is next dyed to create the desired color and then woven to form the fabric! China is currently the biggest exporter of cashmere in the world, and here at Interact China, we ensure that all our cashmere is ethically sourced.
Item number: JSSXYMWJ101
Material: 100% cashmere
Care instructions: Dry clean if you can or wash cashmere by hand. Cashmere is quite delicate, and hand washing helps prevent damage. Mix a mild detergent or a baby shampoo with cool water, and let it soak for about five minutes before rinsing clean. It's best to use cold water when washing cashmere to prevent shrinking, fading, spotting, and color bleeding. never dry clean or tumble dry. Air dry.
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With this purchase you contribute to our great cause! Interact China is a social enterprise committed to improve the livelihood of marginalised ethnic minorities and preserve their cultural heritage by promoting their products worldwide. We travel around China and Southeast Asia to work directly with the local artisans and bring their beautiful handicrafts directly to your door. Thank you for supporting us!