The finest handmade silk embroidery can always be found in museums. Many exquisite works of ancient handmade silk embroidery are prominently displayed in art museums in China, the United States and other fine art museums and research institutes throughout the world.
The Xi’an Museum (Xi’an, China)
Imperial Dragon Robes, Qing Dynasty, 17th Century.
The British Museum (London, UK)
Silk embroidery panel with flowers and ducks, with two detail insets.
Made in Tang Dynasty, 9th-10th Century AD.
One of the largest intact pieces of ancient Chinese silk embroidery surviving today.
Made in Tang Dynasty, 8th Century AD.
Victoria and Albert Museum (London, UK)
The Victoria and Albert Museum has a stunning collection of 18th and 19 Century silk embroidery housewares.
There are many other prominent international museums and research institutes who display and study ancient handmade Silk Art
The National Library of China, Beijing
The Museum for Asian Art, Berlin, Germany
MuséeGuimet, Paris, France
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
Ryukoku University, Kyoto, Japan
Silk Art in U.S. Museums
Many museums in the United States display amazing works of ancient handmade silk embroidery art.
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, US)
Philadelphia Museum of Art ( Philadelphia, US )
Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, California
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, California
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
Silk Art in Presidential Museums
While in office, both Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter received double-sided silk embroidery as gifts from the Chinese government. In Chinese culture, cats are considered an excellent defense against evil spirits, and so both Presidents were given cats.
Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, Yorba Linda, California
Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, Atlanta, Georgia