Suzhou Embroidery is one of the oldest embroidery techniques in the world, with origins stretching back more than 2000 years. Suzhou embroidery consists of very detailed representations of almost any subject embroidered onto fine silk with thread. One of the distinctive features of Suzhou embroidery is that some pieces two-sided; that is, the picture is repeated on both sides of the embroidered piece.
China was the first country in the world to weave silk. Silkworms were domesticated as early as some 5,000 years ago. The production of silk threads and fabrics gave rise to the art of embroidery.