Craftsmanship of Nanjing Yunjin brocade


Nanjing Yunjin brocade is on display in Beijing in June, 2024, at China National Arts and Crafts Museum (China Intangible Cultural Heritage Museum). The exhibition focuses on the protection of Chinese intangible cultural heritage. Nanjing Yunjin brocade preserves the tradition of Chinese royal weaving and represents the highest level of Chinese brocade craftsmanship.

In the Chinese tradition of weaving Nanjing Yunjin brocade, two craftspeople operate the upper and lower parts of a large, complicated loom to produce textiles incorporating fine materials such as silk, gold and peacock feather yarn. The technique was once used to produce royal garments such as the dragon robe and crown costume.

The craftsmanship of Nanjing Yunjin brocade has a complete system and is a testament to human extraordinary creativity. Today, Nanjing Yunjin, named for cloud-like splendour of the fabrics, continues to be a classic example of Chinese traditional craftsmanship, used for high-end fabrics and loved by the public. In 2006, the craftsmanship of Nanjing Yunjin brocade with wooden looms was listed in the National Intangible Cultural Heritage Representative Items with project number VIII-13. In 2009, Nanjing Yunjin brocade was inscribed on UNESCO's "Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity".