Song Shuixian: inheritor of horsetail embroidery
I live only for horsetail embroidery.
I’m Song Shuixian, a member of the Shui ethnic group.
My hometown is Sandu Shui Autonomous County.
I’m an inheritor of horsetail embroidery, a national intangible cultural heritage.
Horsetail embroidery has been passed down by Shui people for a thousand years.
It’s a living fossil of embroidery.
I started to learn horsetail embroidery from my mother at the age of six.
We use horsetail threads (which are twisted with horsetail hairs and silk threads) to embroider on the base cloth,
so that we can create an emboss effect.
More than 30 years ago, I started collecting old embroidery patches.
Since then, I’ve been trying my best to amass my collection.
I established this exhibition center of ethnic and folk products in 2010.
It’s always open to the public for free.
My horsetail embroidery works were exhibited at the EXPO 2010.
They have also been exhibited in Madrid, the United Kingdom, Nepal, as well as Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau.
After those exhibitions, more and more people got to know horsetail embroidery.
As the government encouraged us to start up our own business,
I founded a company in 2012, and then developed my own brand.
Now I have a R&D team, and sell my products both online and offline.
We’re always talking about cultural confidence now.
I think horsetail embroidery, which has a history of 1,000 years, represents the root and soul of our Shui people.
It’s our cultural confidence.
So I believe that we can promote our ethnic culture and pass down our art and skills through the products we design.
At the same time, we can help female embroiders increase their income.
They can take care of children and the elderly, and make money at home.
Now, the happiest thing to me is the revitalization of horsetail embroidery.
I’m very pleased that the cultural and creative products of horsetail embroidery get into the market.
I hope that the lives of our Shui people can get better and better.
I also hope that our 56 ethnic groups can stick together like the seeds in a pomegranate,
希望大家的生活越来越好。[ Editor: Shi Ruoqi ]