I was unsure which forum to put this in, since we don't have a Decorative Arts one, but I thought since there is a general thread on The Haberdashery about how awful Chinese-made products are, I might as well put it here. I have a female friend who suggested we go and look at some embroidery on the holiday today. Not a usual activity for a Western man I'm sure you'll agree, but I'd seen some very nice pieces in the more touristy sections of the city and thought "Why not?" I was unprepared for the level of artistry involved and had an eye-opening day out, spending several hours simply going from one workshop to the next in a marathon viewing. I hope it is obvious these pictures, taken quickly and sometimes without the shop-owners' permission, can in no way capture the beauty of these works of art. The girl with the blue shroud is a close-up of a 1.5ft square part of a larger piece, which is stunning. And I did NOT manage to capture the best few, as they were in a shop in which I felt it would have been rude to take out a camera. The works below were on average about 2 by 3 ft, but there are others 8ft wide. I hope you enjoy and if anyone wants a full-res version to make a print, send me a PM and I'll email you a copy of the full file.