Shanghai City Tour – Chinese Hand Printed Blue Nankeen Gallery

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If you’re looking for a unique way to spend your day during a Shanghai City Tour, you should take a trip to Shanghai’s Changle Road. Tucked away at the end of the street is an exhibition hall of Chinese Hand Printed Blue Nankeen. At the exhibition hall you can learn of the traditional craftsmanship behind the hand printed cloth making trade and the history behind the production of the cloth. Follow the blue signs until you reach the entrance of the gallery.

Blue nankeen is also known as calico cotton which is a heavy cotton material that uses paper stencil patterns, wax or rice starch to stencil out the patterns. After the patterns have been completed they are put into a natural indigo dye, the stencils are then removed leaving the cloth with its intricate white patterns against the indigo background. Should you visit on a sunny day you can see the cloth lined out on the washing lines which creates a pleasant sea of blue 

There is a range of souvenirs available for purchase that are made of different patterned blue nankeen cloths. Material can also be bought and are sold by the meter, there are also garments on sale which are all handmade. The items are great for those wanting to purchase something unique to take home as a momentum or as gifts for family and friends.

Opening Hours: 9:00AM-5:00PM

Address: No. 24, Lane 637, Changle Rd, Xuhui District, Shanghai 

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