Chinese embroidery, dating back thousands of years, is a brilliant pearl in the country’s artistic culture. One member of the celebrated traditional embroidery family is Bian embroidery, hailing from Kaifeng of central China’s Henan Province, once the capital city of the Northern Song Dynasty.
Zhang Jianshu’s life story is the story of Bian embroidery. A contemporary master of this elegant and exquisite embroidery form, Zhang has been engaging in the art for decades. Her marriage, family and career have all been intertwined with embroidery.
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