Suzhou Institute of Embroidery
With a history exceeding 2,000 years, Suzhou embroidery is considered the "pearl of oriental art" for its beautiful designs, varied stitches, superb workmanship and elegant colors. The Suzhou Institute of Embroidery conducts research on Suzhou embroidery and is where many of the gifts presented by state leaders to distinguished foreign guests are made. A museum attached to the institute display copies of Ming dynasty imperial robes as well as over 200 pieces of modern embroidery. There is also a gift shop at the institute.