Dong Embroidery Inheritor Helps Impoverished Women Escape Poverty

October 31, 2019
Editor: Ling Xiao
Dong Embroidery Inheritor Helps Impoverished Women Escape Poverty
Wei Qinghua (R) poses for a photo with a trainee at her workshop on October 19. [People.cn]

 

Wei Qinghua is an inheritor of the traditional embroidery of the Dong ethnic group, which is on the list of the intangible cultural heritage of Southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

Her husband's grandmother and mother, as well as her sisters-in-law are all masters of making Dong embroidery in Tongle Village in Sanjiang Dong Autonomous County in Guangxi.

Wei set up an embroidery workshop in 2016 with her youngest daughter Tan Guizhen. They established Dong embroidery bases in Liangkou Town and Tongle and Yangxi townships in Sanjiang, to promote the development of the folk art and help local women get jobs at home.  

There are 185 part-time women embroiderers in Wei's workshop, including 49 women from poverty-stricken families. Among them, 23 women have shaken off poverty through making Dong embroidery.

Dong Embroidery Inheritor Helps Impoverished Women Escape Poverty
Wei Qinghua (3rd, R) helps local women improve their skills of making Dong embroidery. [People.cn]

 

Dong Embroidery Inheritor Helps Impoverished Women Escape Poverty
Wei Qinghua (C) explains the skills of making Dong embroidery to the women participants. [People.cn]

 

Dong Embroidery Inheritor Helps Impoverished Women Escape Poverty
Wei Qinghua (C) teaches a woman how to embroider at her workshop. [People.cn]

 

Dong Embroidery Inheritor Helps Impoverished Women Escape Poverty
Wei Qinghua's Dong embroidery workshop is popular with local women. [People.cn]

 

Dong Embroidery Inheritor Helps Impoverished Women Escape Poverty
Women practice making Dong embroidery. [People.cn]

 

Dong Embroidery Inheritor Helps Impoverished Women Escape Poverty
A close-up view of a Dong embroidery [People.cn]

 

Dong Embroidery Inheritor Helps Impoverished Women Escape Poverty
Women practice making Dong embroidery at Wei Qinghua's workshop. [People.cn]

 

Dong Embroidery Inheritor Helps Impoverished Women Escape Poverty
Wei Qinghua (2nd, L) instructs a woman on Dong embroidery at her workshop. [People.cn]

 

Dong Embroidery Inheritor Helps Impoverished Women Escape Poverty
Local women learn how to make Dong embroidery at Wei Qinghua's workshop. [People.cn]

 

(Source: people.cn/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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