Recently, Zhangjiajie City Wulingyuan District government of Hunan Province has organized Tujia brocade techniques training courses for local women to improve their employment opportunities and provide entrepreneurship training. Presently, the region has more than 1,200 systematically-trained rural women mastering Tujia brocade skills. Through cooperatives, and individual workshops, they spend leisure time weaving brocades that are featured travel souvenirs such as Tujia brocade slippers, clothing, and collective paintings to supplement their income.
Students learn Tujia brocade weaving skills at Guaiyaomei Tujia Brocade Base, Wulingyuan District, Zhangjiajie City, Hunan Province on Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo/Wu Yongbing)
Tujia brocade master, Du Haiying (L) teaches students her techniques at the Base. (Photo/Wu Yongbing)
A student practices reeling thread on a brocade knitting machine. (Photo/Wu Yongbing)
Master Du Haiying (L) teaches Tujia brocade making to a student at the Base. (Photo/Wu Yongbing)
Translator: Yu Jiangjiang