This exquisite silk shawl with fox fur trim uses seed stitch and embroidered in gold thread, which gives the pattern an unique texture.
Seed stitch is a traditional Chinese embroidery skill, it consists of single knits and purls that alternate horizontally and vertically. Seed stitch gets its name from the texture of the knitted fabric --- the little purl bumps look like scattered seeds.
Embroidery is made by using a threaded needle and various stitches to produce a decorative pattern on a piece of base material. The Chinese art of embroidery attained a fairly high level in the dynasties of Qin and Han more than 2,000 years ago, the most outstanding Chinese embroideries are Suzhou embroidery in Jiangsu Province, Hunan embroidery in Hunan Province, Guangdong embroidery in Guangdong Province, and Sichuan embroidery in Sichuan Province. These four schools of Chinese embroidery are now designated by the government as a Chinese Intangible Cultural Heritage.