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.
This particular design was one of the first we created based on an American's request and is a testament to the talent of our Susho artists. When we arrived in the United States, we asked our new American staff for design recommendations to please Western tastes.
One suggestion, based on our mastery of wildlife designs, was the "Lion of Judah" from the bible's New Testament, Book of Revelation. The Lion of Judah is the symbol for the Tribe of Judah, the tribe included King David, Solomon and Jesus Christ. The Lion of Judah often symbolizes Jesus in Christian artwork. C.S. Lewis chose to represent his Christ figure as a lion named Aslan.
Our Susho artists in China were fascinated by the stories, and asked for one image that would best tell the story of the lion's character. It was decided that the lion should be praying, having a heartfelt talk with his heavenly father.
Our new staff was stunned by the final artwork. Not only did the artists capture the physical character of the lion perfectly, but the expression is profound. The lion looks focused and reverent, he's praying. The execution of the design for the lion's fur is amazing, every hair is distinct and glows in pure silk.
In Chinese symbolism, lions represent unrelenting power and strength. And, the lion is the King of the Beasts, a symbol of grandeur. All throughout China, you will find statues of lions as guardians in front of temples, city gates and even some private homes. These lion statues protect honor and reputations. In Feng Shui, lions are a charm for a successful career with great prestige.