Organizers including the provincial women's federation in northwest China's Gansu Province held an awards ceremony on September 17 to mark the 1st Handicrafts Contest for Female College Students.
To greet the upcoming 2nd Silk Road (Dunhuang) International Cultural Expo, officials aimed to show the culture of local women, and the inheritance and innovation of traditional handicrafts.
In this way, they aimed to bring local handicrafts brands more attention and help them gain a larger market share.
Meng Xiaosi, former vice-president of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) and president of the China Women's Development Foundation (CWDF), said that the ACWF and the CWDF have been helping women fully play their role in inheriting and carrying forward Chinese culture, both traditional and modern.
The two organizations have cultivated many crafts experts and intangible heritage inheritors, and many well-known handicrafts brands such as Hand Embroidery in southwest China's Sichuan Province.
Furthermore, the two organizations also helped establish more than 5,000bases for handcrafting and knitting, creating over 50 million jobs for local women.
To improve women's artisanal skills, the provincial treasury department has invested 30 million yuan (U.S. $ 4.6 million), officials said.
To date, nearly 200,000 women have shaken off poverty by selling their handmade crafts.
Zhou Lining, president of Gansu Women's Federation, said that handicrafts competitions could help more companies develop their products.
Furthermore, female college students could boost locals' incomes and alleviate poverty by contributing their talents to innovation involving handmade products, she added.
(Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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