Silk Flower: Jin Tieling
Cultural Heritage

Colorful silk flowers arranged in vasesJin’s ancestors belonged to the royal family of Manchu and crafted the flowers as a hobby. Jin once created flowers for the royal palace, and his father and grandfather made flowers for large royal ceremonies and festivals. His father and grandfather established a factory in the 1950s to produce the flowers on a large scale with machinery, but it was eventually shut down in favor of handmade methods that yield higher quality results. Unlike much of Chinese folk art, Jin’s silk flowers have always been quite expensive and are a luxury that most people cannot afford. The less expensive flowers sold at markets are made from synthetic fabric rather than silk.