A legend on the Southern Silk Road continues
As a showcase of Southern Silk Road culture, the hotel is decorated with hundreds of artworks of Yunnan embroidery and cloud brocade, both of which are listed intangible cultural heritages. The Yunnan embroidery masterpiece Carp Leaping over the Dragon Gate and the travelogue written by George Ernest Morrison a hundred years ago when this chief correspondent of UK’s Times traveled along the Southern Silk Road, now become significant cultural symbols of the hotel.
Keywords：Southern Silk Road
Earlier than China Northwestern Silk Road and the Maritime Silk Route, Southern Silk Road is the earliest international way of trade and culture exchanges in ancient China. The 2000 km Southern Silk Road runs from Chengdu, via Kunming, Dali, across Sichuan and Yunnan Provinces of China, as well as Myanmar and India, to Southeast Asia and West Asia, finally connecting Europe. It was also called Sichuan India Road.
Southern Silk Road Art Museum
It is a new trend that the hotel becomes an art museum. There are many artworks about silk culture decorated both in the guestrooms and public interior areas in the SilkTree Hotel. The typical patterns of cloud brocade and Song Dynasty brocade furnished in guestrooms include traditional Cliff beside Sea and River, Butterfly and Peony, Dragon and Fish Scale, Cloud and Crane, Golden Bark and Leopard Print etc.
Yunnan Embroidery——Provincial listed intangible cultural heritage of Yunnan
Madam Yulan Zu, the master and creator of Yunnan Embroidery, learned skills from several masters of Chinese most famous four traditional embroidery styles and created her own Yunnan Embroidery from local ethnic groups’embroidery culture. She won plenty of national embroidery awards and her masterpieces were collected by museums and collectors home and abroad. She was also selected to show her embroidery skills to the wife of foreign ministers from ASEAN countries when they visited Yunnan.
Butterfly and Peony Pattern
In Chinese tradition, it is a lucky signal to put butterfly with peony or peach blossom together, which is called butterfly play with flower or butterfly flower.
Cloud and Crane Pattern
Crane and Cloud is celestial pattern, which means longevity and best wishes.
Cliff beside Sea and River Pattern
This pattern used to be decorated on the hem of emperor’s and senior officials' uniforms, which means everlasting rule and longevity.
Dragon and Fish Scale Pattern
Popular from late Shang Dynasty and Spring & Autumn Period. The stacked scales symbolized nobleness and auspice.
Golden Bark and Leopard Print
Originated from folk fabric pattern of Tang Dynasty and Song Dynasty, then became popular in Japan for kimono.