Su Tianmei: representative inheritor of Dong BrocadeSu
Su Tianmei（file photo)
My name is Su Tianmei. I’m a member of the Dong ethnic group.
My hometown is in Tongdao Dong Autonomous County in Huaihua, Hunan Province.
I’m also the representative inheritor of Dong Brocade, a national-level intangible cultural heritage.
The Dong Brocade has a history of over 2,000 years.
Each pattern has a certain meaning.
The Dong Brocade is a symbol of good luck, goodness, wisdom and happiness in Dong people’s eyes.
We used Dong Brocade to decorate clothes for women and children before.
Its figures are mainly geometric shapes，
There are also some animal figures，
Like some reptilians, fishes, oxen and horses as well as some human figures.
Those figures are also pretty diverse.
Some figures come from folk legends.
For example, that spider figure symbolizes fine hopes of us Dong people.
And the one featuring people hand in hand dancing and singing
Symbolizes the Dong people’s sense of solidarity.
They hope they have more generations in the future.
Many people here had gone out for work.
I took advantage of my role as the inheritor
To call them back to make Dong Brocade
Now, there is an inheritance base here.
I’m constantly making the Dong Brocade industry grow bigger and bigger through the platform and base.
Many post-80s and post-90s come here to learn how to make Dong brocade.
Now I have 16 disciples and have trained over 3,000 brocade fans.
At the same time, I also let more poor people join us
To participate in the development of the Dong Brocade industry.
Now they can earn more than 3,000 yuan a month.
One of my disciples named Su Yingli, whose mother-in-law was sick,
Went out for a job， which couldn’t provide her much money.
She also has a daughter and a son who are at school.
Now she comes back to make Dong Brocade with us,
Her current income can finally cover her daughter and son’s tuition fees.
Dong people pursue their own happiness and wealth all by their diligence.
你要是自己的双手都不做了，怎么你身上穿的那么好呢？[ Editor: Zhang Zhou ]