Chinese Printed Blue Nankeen Exhibition Hall
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No 24, Lane 637, Changle Rd, 长乐路637弄24号 · interesting places nearby
Chinese Printed Blue Nankeen Exhibition Hall information
Follow the blue signs through a maze of courtyards until you see bolts of blue cloth drying in the yard. Originally produced in Jiāngsū, Zhèjiāng and Guìzhōu provinces, this blue-and-white cotton fabric (sometimes called blue calico) is similar to batik, and is coloured using a starch-resist method and indigo dye bath. This museum and shop, started by Japanese artist Kubo Mase, displays and sells items made by hand, from the cloth right down to the buttons. It has been in business for over 20 years, takes pride in quality and does not give discounts.