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Dragon robe of the Qianlong Emperor (1711–99) in Yunjin brocade at the Grassi Museum in Leipzig

Yunjin, also called cloud brocade,[1] is a traditional Chinese silk brocade made in Jiangsu since the end of the Song dynasty,[2] and based on weft-weaving techniques from both the Song and Tang dynasties.[1] It is shuttle-woven, and often incorporates gold and silver threads with the coloured silks.[3] During the Ming dynasty, the yunjin weavers developed a technique of swivel weaving that enabled them to weave colourful designs onto a base fabric in other weaves, such as satin.[4] Nanjing Yunjin Museum is currently the only specialized museum in Yunjin.


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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 30, 2011. Retrieved November 24, 2011. 
  4. ^ Dieter Kuhn (1997). "Textiles in China". In Helaine Selin. Encyclopaedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures. Springer. p. 959. ISBN 9780792340669.