Fabric Expert Leads Women to Prosperity in SW China

November 30, 2017
By Zhou Yulin, Huang Wanxin and Pan ShunbiaoEditor: Rong Chen
Yuan Renzhi uses a tool to draw a pattern on a piece of cloth. [gz.people.cn]


An ethnic Miao woman in southwest China's Guizhou Province has used her family-exclusive cloth dyeing skills to lead local residents in shaking off poverty.

Craft expert Yuan Renzhi lives in Zaiyong, a village of Miao people near the province's Rongjiang County.

Since she followed the path of her mother in dyeing from a young age, Yuan has kept up polishing her skills, intricately drawing lines and patterns on cloth with different kinds of waxed knives.

She also attended training sessions in the last few years to further improve the look of her products.

In addition to producing her own outfits, Yuan sold her waxed and embroidered products.

She later launched a sales channel to promote her artistic items in places such as Beijing and the adjacent province of Sichuan.

The master of her craft is also generous in spreading her unique skills among local households and enthusiasts. She launched a clothing firm in 2013 and involved around 200 local female laborers to participate in the industry by working at home.

Statistics indicate her business has enabled each woman to gain a daily income of around 150 yuan (U.S.$ 23); and, further increased the village's overall annual revenue from this sector up to 9 million yuan (U.S.$ 1.36 million).

"A long-time vigor towards traditional arts depends on continuous innovation in line with the cutting-edge demands," she concluded.

(Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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