Chefoo Hand Embroidered Linen Centerpiece

Chefoo (also called Chee Foo) embroidery began by a Presbyterian Ministry in Northern China in 1895. They opened a school for the peasants and the students donated their spare time to learn embroidery and lacemaking. The students soon became skilled enough that they began manufacturing textiles (mostly silks in the beginning) for export around the world. Amazingly, within a few years the whole area became self-supporting. Their main export was fine handkerchiefs but they also made other linens as well. When the communists took over in the late 40’s, the trade failed and by 1950 they were out of business forever. It is often mistaken for similar pieces that hail from Italy. This piece is made of heavy linen and hand embroidered. It is more elaborate than most other pieces I’ve seen. The edge is referred to as the Great Wall of China. It measures 21.5” x 14”. I doubt it’s ever been used.

Hand washed, air dried and pressed.   Excellent condition. c. pre-1950

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