Zhang Lixing, a young embroidery artist in Zhenhu town, explains Suzhou embroidery to the exchange students from the US. [Photo/suzhou.gov.cn]
More than 20 exchange students from the United States visited Zhenhu town, famous for its embroidery, in Suzhou New District on July 27 to experience the traditional Chinese art.
The 26 US students were selected from Columbia University, the College of William & Mary, the University of Wisconsin, Brown University and other 26 renowned universities in the US.
At a local embroidery exhibition center, they were impressed by the ancient handicraft after seeing with their own eyes the exquisite embroidery works for the first time.
Zhang Lixing, a young embroidery artist, showed them how to embroider, after which the foreign students started creating their own embroidery works.
The students are part of the US's Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program, which offers them a two-month Chinese language training program in a Suzhou university.
The CLS Program is a United States Department of State cultural and educational exchange program which offers approximately 600 students from the US the opportunity to participate in an intensive language study abroad.
Suzhou embroidery has been listed as a China's national intangible cultural heritage since 2006.
In recent years, the embroidery artists in Zhenhu have promoted the art overseas by organizing exhibitions and lectures, which has captured a growing number of international fans for Suzhou embroidery.