Nantong Blue Calico Museum

The China Nan Tong Blue Calico Museum on Huashan Road was first established in 1997 in Nantong by industrial art master Wu Yuanxin.

His aim was to preserve and develop Nantong blue calico and later opened two branches in Shanghai and Tianjin. Blue calico is one of China's traditional printing and dyeing craft works and originated from the Tang (618-907 AD) and Song (960-1279) dynasties.

Nantong people started to make blue-printed cloth early in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and the craft continues. Nantong blue calico has a rich local style and "Nantong blue calico dyeing techniques-have been listed as a first state-level intangible cultural heritage. The Huashan Road shop, opened in 2000, features many blue calico products like clothes, quilt-covers, table cloths, scarves and sheets as well as many reasonably priced souvenirs.

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