When you are visiting Chengdu, Museums are wonderful places to see in Chengdu especially for those who are interested in Chinese culture. The Shu Brocade Museum is museum that showcases the heritage and culture of Sichuan. There are many other museums in Chengdu, you maybe more familiar with Jinsha Museum and the Sanxingdui Museum . The Jinsha Museum Tour and Sanxingdui Museum Tour are more popular in the tourism market of Chengdu. Comparatively, the Shu Brocade Museum in Chengdu is rarely known by people, but actually it is also one of the good places to see in Chengdu because it presents another unique kind of Chinese traditional culture.
Shu Brocade -- Shu Brocade, which means Sichuan Brocade, is the National Intangible Culture Heritage in China, with a history of over 2,000 years. It is one of the "Chinese Four Famous Brocades". Shu Brocade is mainly produced with dyeing silk, within bright and elegant color, strong and delicate texture. The artists of Shu Brocade Museum skillfully choose animals, plants, letters, natural scenery or various auspicious birds as patterns to produce the Shu Brocade and let the moral of good luck and happiness pass down from generation to generation. So Shu Brocade Museum is absolutely worth to see and learn more about Chinese Shu Brocade Culture in the classic Sichuan Culture Tour and it is a good stop to visit in the various places to see in Chengdu.
Shu Brocade Museum -- As one of the museums in Chengdu, Shu Brocade Museum is located at the side of Huanhua River. Chengdu Shu Bracade factory which once existed for more than half century was its predecessor. It was open to the public since 2009. It is the largest Shu Brocade display area, Shu Brocade protection and research center and also it is the largest publicity window of Chinese excellent Shu Brocade. Chengdu Shu Brocade Museum is composed of three parts:
First Floor -- Display of Shu Brocade and Embroidery is on this floor. The first stunning view of the first floor is a series of exquisitely made Shu Brocade and Embroidery works, simple but elegant decoration, compact layout and a warm style.
B1 Floor -- Come down to the B1 floor, four tall wooden looms are displayed here. The four wooden looms are called "Gahualou Loom" which are used to weave Brocade and Embroidery. The process of weaving Shu Brocade is complicated. Most of the Shu Brocade and Embroidery in the Shu Brocade Museum are produced by technical people. It is said that this kind of loom has already appeared in the late Tang Dynasty at latest, the four looms here are imitated by modern people. The four looms are not only used as weaving machinery, they are also the exhibits for tourists.
B2 Floor -- Mainly displays past dynasties' Shu Brocade, Shu Embroidery, Custums and Textile Machinery. You can see the 5,000 years' splendid Brocade and Embroidery history here, from the China's first Dragon Robe with braid embroidery discovered in the Sanxingdui's Bronze people to the king of Ancient Shu kingdom -- Cancong ( Silkworm) Clan lead people to engage in silkworm. The scene of Ancient Shu ancestors making brocade and embroidery is vividly shown in the museum. The typical Shu Brocade works satisfy the tourists both in cultural knowledge and appreciate the importance of the artifacts.
Chengdu has been famous for it's brocade since the ancient time, definitely Shu Brocade Museum is among the best places to see in Chengdu. As one of the museums in Chengdu it is good place to experience the profound Chinese Shu Brocade Culture.