Hangzhou trusts in long silk tra­di­tion for gifts

China Daily (USA) - - G20 2016 CHINA - ByWANG YING in Hangzhou wang_y­ing@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Hangzhou has trusted in its nearly 5,000 year his­tory with silk for its dec­o­ra­tions at the G20 Sum­mit. From fin­ish­ing touches on meet­ing rooms to bedding, night gowns, in­vi­ta­tion let­ters and ban­quet menus, the fab­ric has been a re­cur­rent theme and im­por­tant el­e­ment in the event.

Fe­male lead­ers and first ladies at­tend­ing the sum­mit were pre­sented a gift pack­age with silk scarves, shawls or hand­bags — even the gift box it­self was made of silk.

Tu Hongyan, chair­woman of Wensli Group, one of the com­pa­nies that helped pre­pare this sum­mit’s gifts, headed a team of 30 top de­sign­er­sand­morethan 100 tech­ni­cal crafts­men for the task.

Wensli pre­pared two pat­terns of silk scarves for the G20 Sum­mit, Tu said, and each pat­tern was pro­duced in two forms: one of pure silk and the other an equal mix­ture of silk and cash­mere.

Li Minxia, a silk de­signer from Wensli Group, said the gifts will be in pairs, such as two scarves, or a scarf along with a silk hand­bag, and each gift pack­age will be unique.

Wang Pengcheng, deputy gen­eral man­ager of brand op­er­a­tion cen­ter at Zhe­jiang Cathaya In­ter­na­tional Co, said Cathaya pre­pared 16 pack­ages of silk gifts for fe­male guests at the G20 Sum­mit. Tur­key’s first lady

Emine Er­do­gan (left) visits the Arts and Crafts Shop in Hangzhou on Sun­day.

Ac­cord­ing to Wang, their silk items made specif­i­cally for the sum­mit are a dou­ble-tas­sel shawl, a pink Ru-Yi pat­tern shawl, a pink hand­bag, a black hand­bag and two types of pur­ple hand­bags. All of the items will be in Chi­nese style.

The black silk hand­bag will be paired with a silk prod­uct from an­other busi­ness, and hand­bag will be paired pink shawl.

“Each hand­bag is cov­ered in silk and has sheep­skin in­side and leather cord­ing, which is a com­bi­na­tion of Chi­ne­se­andWestern cul­ture,” he said.

Wang said the black silk hand­bag uses China’s na­tional flower, the pe­ony, as a key el­e­ment, but changes the tra­di­tional color red to black, and that black pe­ony is em­broi­dered into a three-di­men­sional form.

“It take three days for a crafts­man to em­broi­der the black pe­ony, and an­other two days to com­plete the hand­made part — in­clud­ing em­broi­der­ing the black zir­cons and agates — for one black silk hand­bag,” saidWang.

The silk cov­ers of the hand­bags are wa­ter­proof, oil proof and stain re­sis­tant. Wa­ter rolls off them, just like what hap­pens on the lo­tus leaf, Wang added.

Cathaya also de­signed a square box for their gifts. Cov­ered with sweet-scented os­man­thus pat­terned silk in light beige, Wang said the blos­som isHangzhou’s city flower. the pink with the

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Gift pack­ages with silk shawls and hand­bags were pre­sented to fe­male lead­ers and first ladies at­tend­ing the G20 Sum­mit in Hangzhou on Sun­day and Mon­day.

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