The village famous for embroidery

Updated 2018-12-06 20:32:00

Liang Shuping, an expert in emroidery, works on a piece in her workshop in Baoding, Hebei province. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

A small village outside Baoding in China's Hebei province has become famous for the exquisite embroidery often seen in TV series or worn at major events.

The people of the village of Nanda'niu, about 100 kilometers southwest of downtown Beijing, started to make embroidered clothes in the style of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The clothes they make are primarily dragon robes, similar to those worn by emperors.

The traditional craft of embroidery has been handed down from generation to generation and has been preserved to the current day. It was listed as national intangible cultural heritage in 2014.

Liang Shuping, 54, has spent her whole adult life working on the craft. Having learned embroidering skills at the age of 17, Liang set up a company in the 1980s to produce various embroidered products.

Workers in her company can make more than 1,000 kinds of embroidered articles, including wedding dresses, cheongsams, shawls, wall hangings, and bags.

Many of them have been used in major events, such as the costumes worn by female workers at the awarding ceremonies during the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.

Liang Shuping shows the skills of embroidering to one of her apprentices at her workshop in Baoding, Hebei province. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Liang Shuping has dedicated her whole adult life to the art of embroidery. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

People work on a robe embroidered with various designs at a workshop in Baoding, Hebei province. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

An embroidered dress made in the village of Nanda'niu, Hebei province. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

An embroidered dress in yellow and red. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Embroidered dresses made in the village of Nanda'niu in Baoding, Hebei province. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

A model wears an embroidered qipao (a traditional Chinese dress) made in Nanda'niu village in Baoding, Hebei province. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

A model wears an embroidered dress made in Nanda'niu village in Baoding, Hebei province. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

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