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Detail of a superb piece of work by Weifang Pu, a silk embroidery artist and a senior member of Suzhou Arts and Crafts Association.

It takes from several months to even several years to complete one top quality silk embroidery. Top quality silk embroideries are very expensive because they require higher embroidery skills and techniques and take much longer time The embroidery work is done with very thin silk threads, 1/16 silk threads or silk threads divided 4 times (and even thinner by some master embroidery artists, 1/32 and 1/64 applied in some special parts of the embroidery work. Many of the silk embroideries in Suzhou Embroidery Research Institute (located in Jingde Road, Suzhou, China) are top quality silk embroideries, embroideries at the same quality level as depicted in the book "Threads of Light".

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