A RARE collection of handcrafted silk embroideries will be a feature of the sixth annual Antiques and Collectables Fair at Alstonville this weekend.
Helen and Ross Pye, from Ashby, will be showing pieces from their collection, including one titled The Glassware, which was created by Weifang Pu and awarded a gold medal at China's national crafts and house wares trade fair.
"We are very fortunate to be allowed to acquire Weifang Pu's latest edition of The Glassware as her work is usually snapped up by Chinese investors and collectors from around the world," Mrs Pye said.
The piece will be for sale, if not sold beforehand.
Mrs Pye said silk hand-embroidery was one of China's oldest arts and dated back more than 3000 years.
"Few Australians have seen this work and even fewer have had the opportunity to acquire a piece for their home or office," she said.
The fair is organised by the Rotary Club of Alstonville, and fair co-ordinator Geoff Alexander said the detail in the silk pieces was "amazing".
"It's hard to imagine someone could sit down with a needle and a tiny thread of silk and create such magnificent pieces of art," he said.
The pieces can take four to 12 months to complete.
At a glance
There will be 40 exhibitors at the fair at the Alstonville Leisure and Entertainment Centre on Saturday and Sunday.
It will be open from 9am to 4.30pm on Saturday and 10am to 3pm on Sunday.
Entry is $6 and funds raised will go to Rotary community projects.
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