Wang Ziyi (C) teaches students Han embroidery [chinanews.com/Hai Bing]
A summer course on Han embroidery kicked off at Wuhan University, central China's Hubei Province on July 24, inspiring students to learn the traditional art.
Han embroidery is an intangible cultural heritage and folk art in China connected to the Han ethnic group.
It is the third time that teacher Wang Ziyi has opened a summer course for on-campus students.
The students taking the course will earn credits by participating.
Great Delight for University-student Embroiders
As Wang explained, "The students are required to understand the cultural roots and grasp the basic techniques of Han embroidery on the course. Based on traditional teaching, innovation should be made to meet the new needs."
Wang has made adequate and oriented preparations for each period. Both theoretical and practical teaching will be conducted.
In the class, more than 30 students sit before a frame doing careful embroidery on a piece of silk cloth with a Chu phoenix pattern.
Wang explained the needling and embroidering techniques patiently in detail. The students listened attentively and raised questions from time to time.
In addition to getting a basic understanding, each student is required to finish a piece of embroidery work personally.
Wu Yunpan, a major in Chinese International Education, has taken the course for the second time.
"I love embroidery and I practiced Su embroidery before. While the pattern design and unique style of Han embroidery attract me greatly, I am convinced that under Master Wang's guidance my embroidery techniques will get better," Wu explained.
While Zhang, a major in Environment Sciences, and one of the several male students in the class, takes embroidery only as a hobby.
Inheritance and Innovation of Han Embroidery by Wang Ziyi
In 2008 Wang began practicing Han embroidery, which she had been determined to inherit and promote. Before that, she had learned Su embroidery, Miao embroidery and Hunan embroidery since 1970 under the influence of her father.
In 2015, her work Fenghuang Laiyi (The Phoenix's Arrival, which is seen as a good omen) won the Golden Prize at the Hundred Flowers Award for Chinese arts and Crafts. Her innovative needling techniques present a harmonious, natural and pleasant scene.
Promoting Han embroidery in universities has long been her dream. Wang established an Art Studio in 2014.
From then on, she has opened selective courses in Wuhan University and Jianghan University, another Wuhan-based university, with the students from different majors and grades.
Wang believes that popularizing traditional culture and techniques among youth is an effective way to improve the inheritors' knowledge structure, optimize the inheriting team and reserve talents.
Taking Han embroidery as a selective course aims to popularize traditional culture as well as enhance artistic self-cultivation among university students.
Wang has introduced a new technique-rolling needling, which makes embroidering more smooth.
The students are expected to explore more innovation and practice the craftsman's spirit.
(Source: chinanews.com/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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