Home / Knowledge / News / Apparel/Garments / Suzhou craftsmen to heal old ailing Kesi dragon robe

Suzhou craftsmen to heal old ailing Kesi dragon robe

Nov '06
The Ming-Qing dragon robe being collected by Beijing Palace Museum and Summer Palace is damaged, experts searched all over the country but found no one to mend the robe.

Finally they came to the ancient Suzhou city and discovered Wang Jia Liang, the fifth-generation descendant from the royal art and craft family of kèsi(Design and Application of Silk Tapestry with Cut Design).

These days, Wang's family is actively making preparation, and the repairing work is about to begin.

In addition to repairing the robe, Wang Jia Liang has also got the task to replicate one piece of Ming-Qing dragon robe for the National Palace Museum.

The art and craft of kèsi (cut silk) is a traditional technique in Suzhou, which absolutely began in Han Dynasty. They are high-grade silk handicrafts based on silk as raw material with patterns like carving.

Kesi is a unique technique of weaving with raw silk as warp and colored scouring silk as weft.

Since Yuan Dynasty, Kesi art and craft was used to dragon robes for royal families and nobles as well as the Qing emperor's dragon robes. Therefore Kesi art and craft was closely linked with the lives of emperors.

Wang Jia Liang, 68 years old, was born in Zhanghua village in Xiangcheng district, Suzhou. The five generations of the family have been proficient in Kesi art and craft skills.

Wang and his son studied the weathered dragon robe. Its pattern is mainly in dragon, longevity, bats and flame designs. According to Wang, it will be a tough task to do the mere imitation. And it will probably take two years to complete the whole repairing work.

Fibre2fashion, News Desk - China

Must ReadView All

Pic: Anton_Ivanov / Shutterstock.com

Retail | On 27th Jan 2022

UK retail sales volumes fall at fastest rate in 11 months in Dec 2021

UK retail sales volumes fell by 3.7 per cent in December 2021, the...

Pic: Shutterstock

Textiles | On 27th Jan 2022

New train route links China’s Suzhou city to Milan in Italy

A new China-Europe freight train route has been started between...

Pic: Shutterstock

Apparel/Garments | On 27th Jan 2022

UN-WTO report underrates Bangladesh's RMG industry progress: BGMEA

The recent United Nations-World Trade Organisation joint report has...

Interviews View All

Textile Industry, Head honchos

Textile Industry
Head honchos

Multi-functional garments will be next big thing

Textile Industry, Head honchos

Textile Industry
Head honchos

Consistency is the first rule of social media

Vandana Narang, National Institute of Fashion Technology

Vandana Narang
National Institute of Fashion Technology

Campus placements are low due to lockdowns

Chendhuran Sundar,

Chendhuran Sundar

Headquartered at Singapore, Crocodile is a global fashion and lifestyle...

Dhruv Toshniwal & Udit Toshniwal,

Dhruv Toshniwal & Udit Toshniwal

Launched a year ago, Fashions Pvt Limited conceptualises and sees D2C...

Susanna Koelblin,

Susanna Koelblin

Founded in 1920, Eastman is a global specialty materials company that...

Sven Ghyselinck, Devan Chemical

Sven Ghyselinck
Devan Chemical

Headquartered in Belgium and with offices in the United Kingdom, Portugal...

Dr Anup Rakshit, ITTA

Dr Anup Rakshit

The Indian Technical Textile Association (ITTA) is the only association of ...

Asif Rahman, MIP

Asif Rahman

MIP is a manufacturer and distributor of high-performance textiles and...

Bani Pasricha,  Label - Bani Pasricha

Bani Pasricha
Label - Bani Pasricha

An Indian fashion-designer and a recipient of one of the most prestigious...

Abhishek Agarwal, Purple Style Labs

Abhishek Agarwal
Purple Style Labs

Late Indian fashion designer Wendell Rodricks, is known for his...

Ruma Devi, Gramin Vikas Evam Chetna Sansthan

Ruma Devi
Gramin Vikas Evam Chetna Sansthan

<b>Ruma Devi i</b>s a jet-setting promoter of artisans who has empowered...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


Letter To Editor

(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies


Leave your Comments


KAS Direct Sourcing
Reiter India Private Limited
Alison Hayes Romania
Target Corporation (MN)
Lacoste (Wanchai)
OVS Hong Kong Sourcing Ltd.
Aquarelle Clothing Limited
LC Waikiki
Phong Phu international JSC (PPJ)
Helly Hansen Far East Ltd
Lenzing Aktiengesellschaft
Gap International Sourcing Limited
G-Star Raw C.V.
Truetzschler India Private Limited
Page Industries Limited (Bangalore)
Chori Company Limited
Eastman Chemical Company
C;&A Sourcing International Ltd
Esprit Europe Services GmbH
Benetton Group
Bluestem Global Sourcing Limited
Alix Partners
Cat Tuong Real Estate Group Joint Stock Company
Arvind Limited
Huntsman (Singapore) Pte Ltd
Desigual - ABASIC, S.A.
Aramark Uniform ;& Career Apparel, LLC
Calvin Klein
J ;& P Coats
Sportswear Company Spa
The Top Form Brassiere Manufacturing Company Limited
Green Fibre
Gloria Jeans
Brandix Lanka Limited
International Textile Manufacturers Federation
Under Armour Global Sourcing Ltd
Rayonese Textile Inc., Division de Culp Inc.
Restoque S.A.
Hela Clothing Pvt Ltd
Lisa S.P.A.
The LYCRA Company Singapore  Pte. Ltd
John Varvatos
Maceton Limited
Vardhman Textile Ltd
Landmark Group
Etam Group Strategy Hong Kong Limited
IKEA of Sweden AB
Groz-Beckert East Asia LLP
Tchibo GmbH
Deckers Outdoor (Guangzhou) Consultant Co., LTD.
Tory Burch Hong Kong Ltd
Recron Polyester from Reliance Industries Limited
Vianney Textil Hogar S.A. De C.V.
Tommy Hilfiger
SHAHI Exports Pvt Ltd
Boardriders Asia Sourcing Limited
Sportmaster Ltd.
Hirdaramani International Export Private Limited
NITI Aayog
Midas Clothing Limited
Amazon China
Gokaldas Exports Limited
Chico’ FAS
Varner AS Retail
Lululemon Athletica Inc
Guess Europe Sagl,
Rosset ;& Cia Limited
Sateri (Jiujiang) Fiber Co.,Ltd
Gatsby Africa
H;&M Hennes ;& Mauritz (Far East) Ltd
MAS Active / MAS Kreeda / MAS Bodyline
IDH – The Sustainable Trade Initiative
Grasim Industries Limited
T.T. Limited
PVH Corporation

January 2022

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

Advanced Search