Embroidered shoes and embroidered insoles

- Mar 15, 2019-

Embroidered shoes and embroidered insoles



As an inheritor of embroidery, it should be very happy to see that some of their embroidery has been inherited and developed well, but it is not easy to do so. 


The decline of traditional embroidery is not because there is no inheritance of embroidery, but because embroidery has no innovation and loses value. Only when the innovation and development of embroidery is in line with the development of the times, embroidery skills can create value. 


There are naturally more people to learn, and the development of more people will be better and better. In Xuan'en County, Enshi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Hubei Province, Zhou Yinju, a Tujia embroidery maid, has gone to exhibitions, villages and schools to inherit her old crafts. 

With her efforts, more and more people gradually come into contact with and understand the traditional Tujia crafts.


For Tujia girls, embroidery used to be a necessary skill. Zhou Yinju, who has more than 40 years of "embroidery age", told reporters that when she was seven or eight years old, she began to learn embroidery with her mother, and the family handicraft has come to her for the fifth generation. According to her introduction, embroidered shoes and embroidered insoles are an important part of Tujia traditional marriage customs and filial piety culture. "


In the past, Tujia girls must wear embroidered shoes made by their mothers themselves when they marry to beg for a"down-to-earth"life. Walking into Zhou Yinju's embroidery workshop, people can't catch sight of all kinds of embroidery. 


A pair of cloth shoes and insoles, from traditional totem embroidery such as dragon and Phoenix to Tujia figure embroidery with unique style and flower embroidery, have different patterns.


Because of the well-known craftsmanship, Zhou Yinju became the representative inheritor of folk embroidery of provincial intangible cultural heritage in 2012, and her shoulder responsibility is also heavier. 


In order to better disseminate Tujia embroidery technology, Zhou Yinju not only visited and exchanged everywhere, encouraged Tujia, Miao and Han women near villages and towns to learn embroidery, but also worked part-time as Tujia embroidery lecturer in Enshi Vocational and Technical College.


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