King Silk Art makes silk embroidery wall art, 100% hand-stitched by Master Artists in Suzhou, China. Our artwork, Susho, is completely natural, created with tiny needles and pure silk thread. Susho is a 2500 year old family tradition, with a unique and fascinating history.
There is a famous Chinese legend about true love and butterflies. A beautiful and intelligent girl named Zhu came from a wealthy family. Girls were not allowed to go to school, but Zhu talked her father into letting her attend classes disguised as a boy.
As a boy, Zhu became best friends with Liang. Liang did not know Zhu was a girl and couldn't guess Zhu was in love with him. One day Zhu's father told her no more school, no more pretending to be a boy, he found a wealthy husband for her and she had to get married.
Liang discovered Zhu was a girl, and realized he loved her too. But, Zhu's father would not let her marry a poor student. Liang died of a broken heart. When Zhu's wedding procession passed Liang's grave, a clap of thunder opened up the grave. Zhu threw herself into the grave to be with Liang. Zhu and Liang turned into beautiful butterflies and flew off, together forever. So, symbolically in Chinese culture, butterflies represent the purity of love, especially young love.
In our home in southeast China, it is a tradition for girls to celebrate the spring goddess in late spring. When the time is right, girls pick special flowers, play with butterflies and make willow crowns for the celebration. Butterflies are signs that the best of the season has arrived.
Butterflies with flowers symbolize sweet, innocent love and an early, but perfect marriage. Butterflies also represent freedom, specifically, the freedom to choose. To fly free from human longings and desires and soar joyfully into the heavens.