During the Qing Dynasty, Suzhou embroidery reached its peak. Portrait of the Italian Queen made by Shen Yunzhi,a master in Suz hou embroidery, was sent to Italy as a national gift and invoked a sensation there. In 1915, ShensPortrait of Jesus won the first prize at the"panama-pacific Exhibition"hold in US and was priced at a marked highUS$13, 000. Another portrait of an American actress also received great acclaim when being exhibited in the US.
After P.R China was established, Suzhou embroidery was presented as the formal gift of international exchangemore than 80 times and exhibited in more than 100 countries and regions alto gether, when more than 100embroiders masters gave the performance live.
As a kind of artworks made by hand completely, a piece of Suzhou embroidery needs an embroider-maid severalmonths. even a few years to finish. Thereby as other kinds of artworks. the fine works of Suzhou embroidery areworth collecting as well.