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Chinese Feng Shui

FengShui simply means “wind” and “water” and together the words represent harmony and consciously managing natural energy. “Chi rides the wind and scatters, but is retained when encountering water.”  From the Zangshu (Book of Burial) by GuoPu(276-324). 

Apart from the beauty of the ancient spirituality, FengShui is rooted in environmental psychology.  Taking a fundamental aspect of human nature, the natural emotional and psychological response of a human being to his or her environment, and developing a practical application to address generic needs for a positive response. 

More specifically, a fundamental concept of FengShui is controlling Chi (Energy). Creating an environment based on consciously directing the flow of energy. Chi is the flow of energy through the universe and its influence on our daily lives.  In more practical terms, if a house suffers from strong winds coming from a certain direction, a row of trees can re-direct the destructive power of the wind.

The key elements of FengShui are:

 ØBalance: Structurally balancing elements.

ØFunction: Placement of elements.

ØForm: Color, patterns, accessories.

FengShui and silk embroidery are a perfect marriage.  Many of our designs have specific elements intended for FengShui practitioners. Our FengShui Collection is a great overview of our design elements. 

The spirituality of FengShui suggests that certain symbols have specific meaning and are conduits to an optimum situation.  The underlying psychology of those spiritual beliefs is simply consciousness.  

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In other words, you don’t have to believe that horses symbolize speed and energy, and that placing a symbol of a horse near your front door will result in a quick house sale, to appreciate a symbolic reminder to keep moving and not procrastinate during the day.   However, if you are desperate for a house sale, you will find our horses in the Wildlife Collection.

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Balancing natural elements is a fundamental principle of FengShui.  This concept is expressed through the management of The Five Elements, Earth, Fire, Metal, Water and Wood. 

A representation of these elements, whether literal or through color, is thought to create an environment with positive and productive energy.  Please visit our Landscapes Collection and search for any of The Five Elements.

     

Earth can be represented by a terrain and by light neutral colors like creamy yellows, off whites and light brown. Fire’s energy is expressed through dark yellow, orange, red, pink and purple.  Metals can be literal, gold, silver and bronze or more subtle like white or grey.  

Silk embroidery has a variety of literal water elements as well as artwork with the representational colors of black and blue.  The final element, wood, has numerous literal Susho references with our forests and many works that will provide the strong greens and dark browns that balance wood energy.

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To the left, you see the endless dance between a Yang Dragon and a Yin Phoenix in silk embroidery from our Chinese Traditional Collection. 

Balancing Yin and Yang, the feminine and masculine energies of nature, is an important element of achieving balanced Chi. Or, a practical method of harmoniously integrating a master bedroom to include a wife’s floral preferences with her husband’s desire for a little more power and drama. 

Susho can help balance a room that is uncomfortable for any gender.  If a very masculine or feminine room needs to be more accommodating, silk embroidery can provide elements that will pull the room in the other direction smoothly, without creating a jarring affect.

     

Although responses to elements like color are subjective, certain colors are thought to evoke specific responses.  For example, red represents joy.  Brides in China wear red and red front doors are very common.  The beautiful bride below is from our Portraits Collection. 

Red koi fish are popular symbols, because koi fish represent wealth and prosperity and when combined with the joyful red, you have a winning combination.  We have a wealth of fish in our Wildlife Collection.

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Adding light and air into any room is an improvement and these are both fundamental principles of FengShui.  Although, adding an artificial light source to silk embroidery is highly recommended, the nature of the silk itself as well as the designs will brighten up any room.  This beautiful ballerina from our Portraits Collection certainly will.

Another important design element in FengShui is the representation of water, the railroad switch of Chi.  Our Landscapes Collection offers a myriad of choices for water elements, riverscapes, seascapes, bays, beaches and gorgeous lakes from all over the world.

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Numbers are considered an important toolkit for FengShui.  Certain numbers are thought to provide the correct energy to cure a problem.  Or, another way to remind yourself about something in your life that you want to change. 

The number three is a powerful number in Chinese symbology, representing creation, especially the creation of life.  This trio of Tiger Lilies from our Floral Collection, is a powerful work that even a very Yang dragon would be happy with in his bedroom.

     

When combined with other design elements, certain effects are thought to be enhanced.  For example, cranes represent longevity.  The number two represents a marriage, so an artistic representation of two cranes represents a long marriage.  Portraits of crane couples are very popular wedding and anniversary gifts. 

This crane portrait from our Wildlife Collection also contains the colors to provide energy for Fire, Wood and Earth from The Five Elements.

The direction that any element of a house faces, is deemed important.  Whether it is a door or the subject of art like Susho,silk embroidery,  the 8 possible directions it could face are thought to provide specific energy. 

Astrology was the original orientation tool used for FengShui more than 3,500 years ago.   The first magnetic compass was created as a FengShui tool to help refine orientation techniques.  

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The energy of numbers is specific to individuals.  Every person has an individual number, a calculation based on the birth year, called the Kua Number.  Kua Numbers orient either east or west. Home elements attract the most positive energy for financial success, health, love, and personal fulfillment, when facing those directions.  

For example, the number one is an east number.   Southeast, East, South and North are the best orientation to attract luck and positive energy.  The number two is a west number, so elements should face Northeast, West, Northwest and Southwest. 

To balance orientations in mixed families, the elements are negotiated.  A front door may orient west and the furniture and artwork in the master bedroom could orient east.

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Due to FengShui’s origins in astrology, wildlife symbolism is very important. This gorgeous stylized tiger is in our Chinese Traditional Collection. Whether you are looking for a balancing element, or just appreciate the aesthetics, King Silk Art has an entire collection of stunning animal portraits in our Wildlife Collection. 

Whether your interest in FengShui is spiritual or secular, Susho, silk embroidery will be a valuable tool in expressing yourself and your intentions in your own environment.