Chinese embroidery show opens in Turkey

11:09, March 19, 2010      

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Ismet Yilmaz, undersecretary of Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry, tries the embroidery during an exhibition on China's Suzhou embroidery in Ankara, capital of Turkey, March 18, 2010. Some 60 pieces of Suzhou embroidery works were on show during the exhibition. (Xinhua/Wang Xiuqiong)

A Chinese embroidery show opened in the Turkish capital Ankara on Thursday, with 60 masterpieces offering visitors a savor of the ancient art.

The works, which fall into the over 2000-year-old Suzhou embroidery category, demonstrate such various styles as single- sided, double-sided, flat, crisscross and cut silk. Some of them feature subjects with distinctive Middle East flavor, like eagles, Arabian horses or camels in a desert.

More than 200 visitors attended Thursday's opening ceremony, many of them amazed by the delicacy and elegance of the art.

"This is unique, they are the best I've ever seen ... maybe the best exhibition of 2010," said Ismet Yilmaz, undersecretary of Turkey's Culture and Tourism Ministry.

He told Xinhua that Turkey and China plan to hold a series of activities to promote cultural relations in 2010 and 2011, noting the embroidery show was the "best example" of Turkish-Chinese cultural communication.

Fatina Ayhan, a researcher on art and design at the Ankara- based Gazi University, gazed at an embroidery representation of the Peking Opera facial make-up and muttered "so beautiful" admiringly.

"These are wonderful. Chinese are already at the top of art," she added.

Chinese ambassador in Turkey Gong Xiaosheng said the exhibition was a big event in Chinese and Turkish cultural exchanges.

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