Zhang Jing, an inheritor of intangible cultural heritage of hemp weaving, came to Yueyahu Township at the end of 2017, and set up a training class and a hemp weaving workshop here. Most of the trainees are women, with the youngest 26 years old and the oldest over 70.
In the past few years, Zhang Jing has been traveling between downtown Yinchuan and Yueyahu, teaching skills and sending raw materials to villagers, and bringing back rough-wrought products for post-processing. With these rough-wrought products, she designed daily necessities such as hand bags, storage baskets and key rings, and cultural and creative products combining cultural elements of Ningxia.
By learning weaving skills, women of Yueyahu not only mastered a skill of craft, but also obtained stronger belief of self-reliance. "Spiritual and cultural satisfaction is more valuable than economic benefits." Zhang Jing said.
(Source: Xinhua)March 7, 2022