China attempts to save traditional art of Su Embroidery
Su Embroidery (Photo/CGTN)
Zhang was born into a family of embroiderers. His mother, Xue Jindi, started learning embroidery at the age of 6, and became a professional embroiderer at 16. Having been in the business for more than 40 years, she is now a representative of the intangible cultural heritage of Su Embroidery. Under the influence of his mother, Zhang quit his job in finance to become an embroiderer.
Su Embroidery used to be a popular folk craft in the Yangtze River area around Suzhou City. Together with Yue, Xiang, and Shu embroideries, they are called the Four Famous Embroideries of China. Emerging in the Three Kingdoms Period, Su Embroidery has a history of more than 2,000 years. In the Ming and Qing dynasties, it prospered and developed its delicate and elegant style. The legacy of Su Embroidery has been uninterrupted. Nevertheless, "It takes a long time to master a craft. There were once about 20,000 to 30,000 embroidery craftsmen in China, now it has dropped to less than 50," Zhang said, adding that this is a good reason to worry about it's survival.[ Editor: Xueying ]