Anna Lifson

Master in Hand Silk Embroidery with over 20 years experience.

 

This is My Story

My name is Anna Lifson and I have been taught the art of imperial Vietnamese silk hand embroidery that has been taught in high school in my home country.

I grew up in Saigon, Vietnam, which is the center of weaving and sericulture (silk worm production) in Southeast Asia for over a thousand years. I had developed strong passion for silk weaving, tailoring and hand embroidering since a very young age. I learned how to weave, sew  and embroider from my mother when I  was 5, and have been using the same tools for the past 37 years.

I love designing and sewing clothing and accessories for women. Each piece of her collection tells a story about a young woman pursuing my dreams, I  am carefree and romantic, modern, and yet classic.

My passion for color and pattern was inspired by my childhood in Vietnam, my years of education and works in Saigon, and my current life in Chicago, where I am living.

Anna Fashion Paradise is not only the online boutique and gift store but also a specialized company of hand embroidered home textile products. Established in 1997, the company’s mission is to preserve the old traditional of embroidery art, and encouraging its evolution to the production of highly crafted embroidered products that fit the needs of contemporary life while bringing employment to the poor. Anna Fashion Paradise’s products are sold for private household use as well as to luxury hotels and restaurants. In addition to our high quality production sold under its own “Anna Fashion Paradise” brand, we also takes orders under clients’ specifications and subcontracts. Furthermore we also carries hand embroidery fashion, accessories, crochet and knitted products and handmade home decors. And we also provide hand embroidery classes and workshops. Our team is made up of highly skilled designers and embroidery artists. We create unique and authentic items from fashion clothing to home ware, fashion accessories, bed linen, and artworks, we have a rich collection to suit any taste.

We are located in Ravenswood community, Chicago, Illinois

Our Products: Hand embroidered home textile products, needle arts, table cloth, pillow cases, napkins, scarves, apparels, crochets, knitted products, handmade coaster, and other home interior products

Customers: Luxury hotels and restaurants, direct sales

 

This embroidery is unique in that it is done with silk thread, which requires a special level of skill to work with and produces a product that looks just like a photograph and which has a great deal of value on the art market — with some embroideries selling as much as one million dollars. Furthermore, just to gaze upon the artwork has a very soothing, uplifting effect, somewhat like a meditation, upon the viewer. Meanwhile, to produce such an embroidery requires a patient, loving, compassionate soul.

My goal is to bring this ancient, uplifting,  traditional art to the U.S. and make it available for both children and adults to learn and be able to create things of beauty for the world to enjoy and benefit from. I wish to create a combination school, museum, and gallery here in Chicago for that purpose, where people can take classes and art created by students here and in Viet Nam may be viewed and purchased by the public.

Gabrielle, a female French scholar specializing in the studying of Oriental Cultures, wrote: “In many places, people have transmitted through generations, an extraordinary art by painting in threads, making lotus flower bloom on silk, butterflies hover on blue water surface. Vietnamese embroiderers are more skillful than the Chinese in their use of sewing with the fine lines and their methods of mixing colors…”

Hocquard, an author had said about the embroidery at the end of 19th century: “The Vietnamese embroiderers were very clever in distributing color on silk to create the harmony on embroidered pieces without any hard contrast.”

  • Traditional Hand Embroidery Skills 100%
  • Traditional Hand Embroidery Art 100%
  • Fashion Skills 80%
  • Design Skills 100%
  • Customer Happiness 90%