Soft, dainty and fragrant, this exquisite bag is called a Chinese sachet.
Inside the colorful silk fabric are various fragrant herbal powders.
The Chinese sachet is beautiful outside and bountiful inside.
Chinese sachets date back to 3,000 years ago.
People packed them with powders of wormwood, realgar, sandalwood, and other spices and medicinal herbs. Children and the elderly wore them to ward off poisonous insects.
Since then, sachets have become the embodiment of exorcism and blessings.
Xuzhou sachets are made in varied styles and shapes. The workmanship is unique and especially well-known for its exquisite embroidery.
The design is innovative and novel, and the colors are highly contrasting.
With diverse and unconventional shapes, they may resemble a heart, an ingot, a butterfly, a vase, a waterdrop, and more.
Sachets with various shapes and fillings have different functions and meanings.
Those with delicate embroidery can be used to adorn clothing, while those filled with herbs have practical effects, such as soothing nerves and refreshing the mind.
According to ancient records, children of wealthy families would wear sachets when they paid formal visits to their parents, indicating a ritual function.
Patterns embroidered on the sachets are various, too.
There are auspicious patterns favored by the elders, such as plum blossoms and chrysanthemums, as well as animal patterns loved by children.
Young women in love also carefully embroider charming sachets and give them to their sweethearts as tokens of affection.
The dainty sachets have brought so much fun and sweetness to our life!