An exhibition of traditional handicrafts made in Suzhou in Jiangsu province,
titled "Suzhou'sCreative Marvels", was unveiled at Prince Kung's Mansion in
Beijing on October 7.
The display presents a complete history of traditional "Suzhou products", right
from themanufacturing process to the uniqueness of the products made in Suzhou.
Suzhou Opera alsofeatures in the exhibition.
"Suzhou products", or su zuo, refers to the traditional handicraft industry in Suzhou in
Jiangnanarea. It formed its own exquisite style with meaningful cultural symbols during
its long history of 2,500 years.
Handicrafts made in Suzhou, all bear a name with the common character "Su", the
abbreviation of Suzhou. They include embroidery, sculptures, fans and furniture.
Su-style furniture, or Ming-style furniture, is the major showpiece. The manufacturing
skills of Suzhou furniture date back to the Tang and Song dynasties (618-1279),
featuring unique techniques of furniture making in Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui
From designing to painting, a piece of Suzhou furniture often requires dozens of steps.
Itselegant, unsophisticated and simple features exemplify itself as typical furniture with
Ending on October 21, the organizer, Administrative Office of Prince Kung's Mansion of the
Ministry of Culture, will hold a workshop on the protection and inheritance of Suzhou furniture's
techniques during the exhibition.