Preserving traditional Han embroidery
GOV.cn Monday, May 8, 2006


Ren Benrong stitches on his embroidery work in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, May 1, 2006. As the inheritor of a family of traditional embroidery craft, 72-year-old Ren is the only one who knows the 50 stitches in the local Han embroidery and is in an undertaking to preserve this traditional heritage by collecting its design fragments. It took him 8 years to find and develop over 2,000 designs of Han embroidery. Originated in the ancient Chu region (now central China along the Yangtze River) over 2,000 years ago, Han embroidery has been famous for its bright colours, bold designs, fine techniques, and most importantly, its originality among the various genres of Chinese embroidery. [Xinhua Photo]


Ren Benrong stitches on his embroidery work in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, May 1, 2006. [Xinhua Photo]


Ren Benrong prints a design on silk prior to beginning his stitching in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, May 1, 2006. [Xinhua Photo]


Ren Benrong (C) teaches his daughter (R) and granddaughter on an embroidery artwork in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, May 1, 2006. [Xinhua Photo]

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Editor: Du Jing
Source: Xinhua