China Matters presents the living heritage of Miao embroidery in Guizhou

BEIJING, April 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Nestled in the complex terrains of southwestern China and one of China’s four major plateaus, Guizhou province is home to dozens of minority groups. One of the largest is the Miao ethnic group.

With a history of over 2,000 years, the Miao ethnic group took an early form during the Qin and Han dynasties. Today, about half of its 11 million inhabitants are spread over Guizhou Province.

Living mainly in mountainous regions, the Miao people live from agriculture and livestock. The ethnic group is also known for its distinctive and exquisite clothing and embroidery.

The Miao were born with embroidery skills. Taught by their mothers and sisters, Miao women begin to be trained in Miao embroidery around the age of seven. As teenagers, they are already good at crafts.

village of Huawu, located in Guizhou Qianxi city in the province is home to thousands of talented Miao embroidery craft artists. Moved from mountainous regions to new residential areas, Huawu villagers make a better living from Miao embroidery. They have also made tremendous efforts to improve the ecological environment along the Wujiang River.

To tap into a full story, British video journalist Adam travels from Shanghai to Huawu Village for more information. He visited the Miao embroidery workshop in the village and learned how this age-old art is passed down from generation to generation. Adam also witnessed the transformation of the outdated cottages where the villagers lived years ago into their brand new, neatly appointed homes in their resettlement community.

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