Exquisite embroidery stitched in glittery silk is a Chinese folk handcraft which has been passed down for thousands of years as a cultural heritage, remaining a visible source of pride for China.
Rather than having its roots in the arts, the legend of silk embroidery is derived from the daily sewing of civilian households, passed down from mother to daughter generation after generation. Eventually this common practice was transformed and developed into an art for decorating the imperial courts.
The origin of the high quality silk fabric remains the same today as it has for centuries. Especially well known for being the source of the delicate Suzhou embroidery, the area south of the lower reaches of the Changjiang River is known as Jiangnan, where the capitals of a number of Chinese dynasties were once located.
Beginning in Shanghai during the 19th century, traditional Chinese culture has been transformed by the introduction of Western culture. The miraculous spell that is still permeating the streets of Shanghai is a byproduct of this historical background.
‘Annabel Lee’ is the renowned name of one of famous American poet Edgar Allan Poe’s (1809~1849) later poems. The well known poem was written in memory of his beloved beautiful wife Virginia. Inspired by the poem and the beauty of both the meaning and his own inspiration, we adopted ANNABEL LEE SHANGHAI as our store and brand name. The beautiful phrases in this poem resonate vividly and with a mesmerizing impact on many. The products delivered by ANNABEL LEE SHANGHAI, similar to the phrased melodies reflected in the poem, evoke the beautifully harmonious world we live in. The angel described in the poem, the beautiful Annabel Lee, is the brand icon around which we have developed our unique products.
ANNABEL LEE SHANGHAI was established in the year 2000. The exquisite designs offered since our initial opening have been rich in sophistication and reflect fine elements of China culture. Designers interpret the background and meaning of brilliant Chinese traditional motifs including "eternity patterns", "dragons," "bird cages," and "lotuses," and incorporate them into modern relevant designs. ANNABEL LEE SHANGHAI will continue to generate unique reflections through creative works by designers from China who demonstrate deep interpretation of history and China's traditional culture. Generating innovative new designs, also international designers with European or Japanese backgrounds also provide unique interpretations to Chinese motifs.
No1,Lane8,Zhong Shan Dong Yi Lu, Shanghai,China 200002
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The history of Chinese silk production can be traced back to over 5,000 years ago and it is still produced in many parts of China today.
Notably silk weaving is popular in Jiang nan and Shan dong provinces and each area produce distinctly different textures. Jiang nan silk is shiny and soft to touch and Shan dong silk has natural feel with a matte texture.
Both Silks have luxurious qualities and we select silks that are specifically suitable for our products.
The Embroidery process is really important to our collections and we favour the Su technique from Jiangsu Province. Su embroidery is a defined and sophisticated style that requires the precision of an experienced craftsperson. At its most refined it uses silk threads that are thin-ner than individual hairs and each thread is a different colour. The delicate arrangement of the threads creates a sumptuous sheen on the textile.
Currently, we are fortunate enough that each motif is hand embroidered by our expert crafts people. Sadly, the trade is in slow decline and so we feel very determined to ensure that the craft does not die out but continues into to the next generation.
This delicate textile is made from the soft downy undercoat of a cashmere goat. The fleece is charmingly referred to as the Goat’s duvet and it is designed to protect it from the harsh and cold climate.
Every Spring, goat herders will comb the goat by hand to collect the rare fleece. On aver-age, each goat will produce 120-150grams of fleece per year which is enough to make one shawl. It is a time consuming process but the results are remarkable and true cashmere is sleek, lustrous and gorgeous when made from 100% goats’ duvet.
Annabel Lee Shanghai's cashmere products use 100% cashmere and produced in Inner Mongolia, which supplies the world's finest white cashmere. We collaborate directly with re-liable factories to produce our original colors and textures exclusive to Annabel Lee Shanghai.
We use our jewelry collection to combine definitive elements from China’s heritage like beautiful natural stones including crystal and jade, with traditional Chinese techniques such as stone engraving and Chinese knotting.
Our line includes a variety of different designs for casual day time and dazzling nights as well as some special vintage pieces. Our Experienced jewelry designers carefully select high-quality components with the jewelry makers. The result is an individual and one of a kind piece that is only available at Annabel Lee.