Silk products from Hangzhou made their name known in 1921 when the city's pictures of scenery produced on silk won a gold medal at the world fair in Philadelphia.
The art form has developed and today, there are woven silk portraits as well. Based on photographs, they represent the synergy of color and light. There are also traditional Chinese paintings in silk, which produce exceptional three-dimensional effects. These products come from the Hangzhou Du Jinsheng Silk Factory.
Established by Du Jinsheng in 1922, the factory has become famous for its color-woven or black-and-white brocade pictures which portray scenic places in China and abroad. Especially popular in Japan and Southeast Asian countries, the silk articles include table-cloths, bedspreads, pillow-cases, and cushion covers, all of superior quality and fascinating designs. Few factories in China have played host to as many overseas tourists as this factory in Hangzhou.
Where to buy: Name: China Silk City (杭州中国丝绸城) Address: No.253, Xinhua Road, Hangzhou (杭州市新华路253号)
Source: New Greater Hangzhou: A New Guide by George Chen
According to foreign talents, Hangzhou’s charm grows day by day. Recently, the list of “2016 Charming China – The Most Attractive Chinese Cities for Foreigners” has been unveiled and Hangzhou has been included for the seventh time, ranking third after the famous financial center in the world, Shanghai and the capital, Beijing.