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Chongqing woman portrays painting in giant embroidery

By Tan Yingzi and Deng Rui in Chongqing | | Updated: 2018-11-22 16:51

Sheng Weixiang, a resident of Kaizhou district in Southwest China's Chongqing municipality spent seven years to complete a large cross-stitch reproduction of the celebrated Chinese painting Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival.

The embroidery measures 21 meters long and 65 centimeters wide, and weighs 9.5 kilograms. It is estimated that she made about 6 million stitches in the piece.

Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival is a painting by the ancient artist Zhang Zeduan (1085–1145). It captures the daily lives of people and the landscape of the capital of the Song Dynasty (960-1279).

The original scroll is 25.5 centimeters in height and 5.25 meters in length, with 814 humans, 28 boats, 60 animals, 30 buildings, 20 vehicles, eight sedan chairs and 170 trees. It is considered a national treasure and kept in the Palace Museum in Beijing.

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