The Origin And Development Of Embroidery

The development of Chinese embroidery has a history of thousands of years, but there are still many controversies and divergences about when it originated. Some agree with the presumption based on the existing written records, some agree with the presumption based on the existing archaeological achievements, and some believe that it can be presumed on the basis of folklore.

To this end, we might as well analyze it from three aspects:

  1. the origin of embroidery in folklore.

Legend has it that the father of Taiwang Zhou (about the tenth century B.C.) had his uncle, Zhongyong and three sons of the calendar. Jichang, the son of the calendar, was the most talented person. His father wanted to inherit Jichang, but according to the inheritance system at that time, he could not inherit Jichang.

When Taibo and Zhongyong knew it, they went out to Suzhou and made Jichang succeed to the throne smoothly. At that time, there was a custom of the tattoo with broken hair in Suzhou. Although it was very painful, Taibo and Zhongyong also went to their native places to follow the custom and tattoo their bodies. Later, after Taibo's death, Zhong Yong deeply felt the vulgar inconvenience and called some local leaders to discuss the matter.

  1. Viewing from Archaeological Achievements

Generally speaking, the dating of archaeological achievements can only be broken down to a lower limit, that is, the latest age not exceeding. The earliest thing we have in archaeology probably existed before we found it. Therefore, we analyze the embroidery and embroidery tool materials found in archaeology.

  1. Looking at the Documentation
"Huangtu Yaoluan" contains Fuxihua silkworm, Xiling's first silkworm. The female ancestor of the Xiling family is the wife of Huangdi. She is recognized as the creator of silkworm rearing and silk management methods and is called "Silkworm God". Another "Deduction of History. The Emperor's Internal Classic" contains: "The Yellow Emperor chopped Chiyou and offered silk by the silkworm god, which is called the merit of weaving and maintaining.

These people are ancient legends about seven or eight thousand years ago. From this point of view, seven or eight thousand years ago, the ancestors had learned how to weave silk, which had the material premise of silk embroidery.

In addition, "Taiping Royal View" quoted "Six Taos of Taigong" also said, "Xia Jie, Yin Qi (about 21-11 B.C.), when women were rich in literature, they often had 300 people sitting, eating, clothing and clothing." It can also be seen that embroidery was very mature 4000 years ago.

In summary, we believe that at least 4000 years ago, embroidery technology has been relatively mature. It is certain that hand embroidery will appear in China for 1000 years. That is to say, embroidery is basically synchronized with our 5000-year history of civilization.

October 20, 2019 — AdminGracelandy