Online Ethnic Costume, Crafts Archive Planned in NW China

August 31, 2017
By XinhuaEditor: Penny Huang
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Scholars in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region will set up the first digital resource library to inherit and develop ethnic costume and traditional crafts in western regions.

The Xinjiang Institute of Light Industry Technology invited nine international designers on August 27, to provide advice on the database regarding multiple characteristics of forms of ethnic apparel.

According to Cheng Yingfen, a senior member of staff at the Fashion Department of the institute, scholars will spend around three years establishing the database to encourage the inheritance and innovation of ethnic fashion designs and crafts in western regions.

Over the years, Cheng has researched ethnic culture, costumes and traditional techniques.

Regarding the fragmentation of related resources, she decided to collect and organize them in a dedicated database to promote the development of Xinjiang's textile industry.

As a national-level research project, the database, authorized by the Ministry of Education, will include information on traditions from 12 ethnic groups.

By integrating related resources, the program aims to cultivate cultural inheritors and innovators and provide services in indigenous clothing and culture industries.

Utilizing various means including the Internet, mobile communication, cloud storage and digital media, and following industrial codes and professional standards, the database is intended for teaching, featuring large storage, sharing, interaction and continuous updates.

The library will also help develop cooperation with countries related to the Belt and Road initiative for the inheritance and innovation of traditional crafts and ethnic costume design, said scholars.

(Source: Xinhua/Translated and edited by Women of China)   

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