Hong-gah’s Embroidery Archive Exhibition
Embroidery on Zeng Hou-xi’s Banquet
The original piece is now preserved in Taipei Ambassador Hotel. Being the epitome of modern embroidered portraits, this piece presented the festive, prosperous and invigorating atmosphere at a palace banquet. The picture was composed of numerous characters. Court musicians and dancers were crisscrossing all around the pavilion, where richly carved beams and columns, decorative rock mountains and bamboos could clearly be seen. People dancing and singing, drinking and playing, intoxicated or tipsy, bashful or affectionate, lingering or shuttling…… These nuances were all performed delicately and elegantly in the composition, which showed the virtuosity of the artist. On the embroidering, several techniques of Suzhou embroidery were engaged, such as even embroidery, layer stitch, neat stitch, gradient stitch and so on, exquisitely and vividly depicted the gala occasion of the original painting. Several embroidery professionals had worked together on the piece, and it took them two long years to finally complete this masterpiece, which seemed flawless and would came to life under the shine of light.