Silver and Embroidery Help Women Shake off Poverty

December 1, 2017
Editor: Yang Yang
A large-scale silver and embroidery fair was held during the 2017 China (Guizhou) International Expo for Folk Handcrafts on November 18 in Kaili, Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture of Qiandongnan, southwest China's Guizhou Province. [gz.people.cn/Zhang Yuling]

 

A large-scale silver and embroidery order fair was held during the 2017 China (Guizhou) International Expo for Folk Handcrafts on November 18 in Kaili, Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture of Qiandongnan, southwest China's Guizhou Province. 

After the order fair, participants visited the workshops of the 'Miao Sisters', a company helping more than 1,500 households living in southeast Guizhou with financial difficulties shake off poverty

'Miao Sisters', based on the new traditional handicraft heritage protection mode combining production, culture and tourism, is a part of the 'Beautiful Embroidery Program', aiming to conserve the traditional art and help local women shake off poverty with their own hands. 

Embroiderer Wangna Jinliu said, "I have a deep affection for batiks. Most of our embroiderers are from the countryside and 'Miao Sisters' helped us find jobs so that we could reach our potentials and enrich our daily lives". 

Another female weaver Chen Sibi, said she had made a living outside before. But now, since she has joined the cooperative, she has not only a stable income, but also more flexible working hours, because all of their weave orders can be done at home and she can take care of the elderly and children in her family at her convenience.

 

The 2017 China (Guizhou) International Expo for Folk Handcrafts in Kaili, Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture of Qiandongnan, southwest China's Guizhou Province [gz.people.cn/Peng Zeqiang and Xu Ning]
Two women weaving embroidery. [gz.people.cn]

 

(Source: People's Daily Online / Translated and edited by Gender Study Network)

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