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Nanjing Brocade Factory Tour

A November 2000 trip to Nanjing by ElyseMc

Working With Colored Spools Photo, Nanjing, China More Photos
Quote: Pictures from our visit to the Nanjing Brocade Factory. Very old and interesting!

Nanjing Brocade Factory Tour

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Overview

Spinning Photo, Nanjing, China
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For anyone that happens to pass through China, don't miss stopping by the city of Nanjing. Nanjing, so named the 'Southern (Nan) Capital' due to having once been the capital of China, is a very interesting city. With a population of about 5 million locals, and probably 300 to 400 foreign ex-pats residing here, one can get a taste of both the past and the present. Things are changing rapidly ... old buildings are being torn down to make way for newer, more modern ones ... but there is still enough of the old world here to make it a good place for tourists to visit. Beautification projects are in-place all over town, and we appreciate those efforts, but at times it's fun to go 'back into time...Read More

Nanjing Brocade Factory Tour

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Attraction

Nanjing Brocade Factory Tour Photo, Nanjing, China
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Upon entering the dusty room, one has the feeling of going back into time. A long way back... The room has many old wooden looms for weaving brocade by hand, an art almost extinct now in China. A worker sits at the weaving section of the loom, while another worker sits overhead. The overhead worker pulls strings to give the worker below the pattern. Even after seeing this, I personally don't understand how they do it! These looms were used to make fabric back in the days of the emperors.

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Nanjing Brocade Factory Tour

Nanjing, China

Nanjing Brocade Factory Tour

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Story/Tip

Emperor Robe Photo, Nanjing, China
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As our tour wound around the floors of the building, we were surprised at what we found on the top floor! Floor two had a display of old brocade made in years past, plus a couple of emperor's robes. Floor three was a dusty old room, with items for sale (over-priced, and obviously old ... been there a while). We didn't buy anything. The fourth floor was interesting...there they had built a modern-type catwalk and had several fancy outfits on display! We were allowed to try on items in this room. Unfortunately, with my western size body, I only fit in their hats!
Head Gear - 4 Photo, Nanjing, China
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Just a few more shots of the hats. There were some really unusual pieces in this collection! We did have a lot of fun trying them all on!