Last time I talked about Chongming island. Today I will tell you a little bit about Chongming traditional homespun textile .
Chongming homespun has 600 years of history, enjoys good reputation in the “clothing world”. In the past Chongming people made natural cotton into cotton strips, then dyeing it using plants, there are more than 70 dyeing processes. Weaving a cloth takes a month to seven months. The most significant is that the locals Chongming homespun was necessary dowry. No matter how poor the family’s economy is, one day before the daughter get married, the homespun weave will be handed down from mother to daughter. It has a mother’s love for her daughter woven into it. Chongming homespun mainly is blue, elegant patterns, stripes, small squares, as well as with the scale of the heart flower pattern cloth.
Unfortunately, now fewer and fewer young Chongming people know homespun textile artistry. Today in Chongming island there is only a small number of the elderly make homespun textiles as a hobby, it’s very difficult to see Chongming homespun in the dowry of young people.
If you are interested in homespun, you can go to Zhuanghang town which located in Fengxian area in Shanghai. There are some stores still sell traditional homespun and related handcrafted products.