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Ancient Arts and Lingerie | Hand Painted Silk Nightgowns

Updated on October 13, 2009

Nothing feels better against the skin than silk, but though silk is undeniably gorgeous, and though it looks lovely when embroidered with lace, silk can start to get a bit samey after a time. After all, once you have all the colors of the rainbow in the wardrobe, (and who doesn't have a full compliment of silk nightgowns, I ask you,) you run out of ways to innovate in the silk department.

Fear not however, for there are those out there with the power to take a silk nightgown and turn it into a transcendent artistic experience. Silk artists have been plying their trade for centuries, although the modern trend of mechanization has flooded the market with mass produced items, these artists are able to take a simple silk garment and turn it, painstakingly and by hand, into a garment you'll treasure for a life time.

There are several outlets who produce professional quality hand painted silk nightgowns. The most well known of these is Texere Silk.

This fascinating company has been creating award winning and world renowned hand painted silk nightgowns for many years. Because each design is hand painted, every piece which is sent out from Texere Silk is a one off work of art. As artist Qin Hai Hua says, “Creativity is inherent in this clothing art form, because it is impossible for the painter to paint two items exactly alike even if he or she wants to make them alike.”

Texere Silk currently employs three artists, Mrs Tang Shi Mei, Chief Art Designer and graduate from China Art University, Mr Qin Hai Hua, also a Chief Art Designer, and Mr Zhang Shi Ming, the Chief Tailor. Together they design and create the stunning garments that are earning Texere its global reputation.

So how much does it cost to obtain one of these treasures? Fortunately for the public at large, Texere's wares are not too far out of the budgets of those looking for special lingerie. Hand painted silk nightgowns range in price from around $100 to $150, which is very reasonable given the amount of work which must go into each piece.

In a world where you can pick up a phone the size of a credit card and be talking to someone on the other side of the world in a few seconds, it's nice to know that traditional arts and artists still have a place in our hearts and in our wardrobes.


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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      These are beautiful...I think that you just gave me a great idea for a gift! Thank you!