Liu Zhongchang Guizhou, China

A distinguished inheritor of the Miao embroidery craft. Born in Taijiang County, Guizhou Province, she belongs to the Miao ethnic group. She grew up in the well-known family of embroiderers and is well acquainted with the essence of Miao embroidery.

Over the past 20 years,she has treated her work with dedication. The sources of her inspiration come from Miao traditional culture, the symbols on the silver handcrafts, clothing embroidery, and accessories. In September 2012, she was recognized as the National Intangible Cultural Heritage Successor by the Guizhou Government.

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What does Miao sewing mean to the people of Miao?

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Miao sewing is the extension of the spiritual and emotional world of the people of Miao as well as their awe and love for nature and their own unique culture. The sewing has the role of passing on the history and culture of the people of Miao, and each text or pattern represents a historical tale that illustrates their history and life, while expressing the understanding and knowledge of their ancestors towards nature, the universe and the origin of life.

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The greatest challenge facing the inheritance of the handicraft

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Following the increase in the number of migrant workers and the impact of modern civilisation, the many thousand years old Miao sewing is endangered.

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The greatest reward and experience of the inheritance

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Legacy protection. The innovation and development of elements featuring Miao sewing.

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