King Silk Art makes silk embroidery wall art, 100% hand-stitched by Master Artists in Suzhou, China. Our artwork, Susho, is completely natural, created with tiny needles and pure silk thread. Susho is a 2500 year old family tradition, with a unique and fascinating history.
Our home, Suzhou, is the most famous of China's "Water Towns". Suzhou is about 60 miles west of Shanghai, in the lower delta of the Yangtze River and on the shores of Taihu Lake. Suzhou has a network of canals that function as streets. Marco Polo called Suzhou "The Venice of the East". The water-filled fishing village founded in the 6th century BC, is now the ninth largest city in China.
The ancient houses in Suzhou's "Old Town" district are quite singular. Whitewashed walls, grey tile roofs, brown timbers and a small pier make a rather elegant display. The canals are the streets, boats are the cars and the piers serve as kitchen annex, laundry and shopping center, vendors travel from house to house every day.
In Chinese artwork, you will often see various combinations of canals, bridges and houses, which is a traditional way to represent Suzhou. The exact translations for this style are "Bridge-Water-People". This particular image is a reproduction of an ancient work, stylized in the artistic fashion of the ancient time.