Baisha Naxi Embroidery Institute

Brief Introduction of Baisha Naxi Embroidery Institute

Baisha Naxi Embroidery Institute is located at Baisha Ancient Town(at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain), one part of the World Cultural Heritage site – Lijiang Ancient Town, which is a comprehensive art academy with the purpose of protecting, inheriting and promoting the traditional handmade embroidery culture of Lijiang ethnic minorities. It covers an area of 3200 square meters and has four courtyards, including seven exhibition halls: Chunhe Gallery, Embroidery Inheritance Classroom, Ming and Qing Dynasty Rhyme, Splendid Rhyme, Qin and Han Dynasty Wind, Presidential Printing Court and Tang and Song Dynasty Elegance Hall.

This Institute was opened in 2003 with the support of the government. It invites internationally renowned Naxi painters, state-level artists Zhang Chunhe(张春和) as its general art consultants; renowned Naxi painters He Zhengpin(和品正) as Dongba Art Consultants; the director of the Art Exchange Center of China National Culture Federation and Yunnan famous heavy color woodcut printmaker – Xu Yunkui(徐云奎) as its principle, and Mo Meiyan(principle), a renowned embroiderer, as its embroidery preceptor.

Missions of Baisha Naxi Embroidery Institute

There are eight masters, sixteen teachers and more than two hundred professional and non-professional students in the institute. The aim of the institute is to protect and inherit the embroidery culture of the minority nationalities in Lijiang, to innovate and develop the embroidery culture of the minority nationalities in Lijiang, and to carry forward the embroidery culture of the minority nationalities.

The main missions of establishing this institute are as follows: (1) to protect and inherit the traditional manual embroidery of the Naxi and other minority nationalities around; (2) to teach the embroidery skills of the local Naxi and other minority women, and to train more inheritors and successors of the Naxi ethnic minority embroidery, so as to strive for developing Naxi minority embroidery into one of the local cultural pillar industries; (3) to protect, inherit and promote Naxi Dongba culture and art in Lijiang.

Achievement of Baisha Naxi Embroidery Institute

Since its establishment, especially since 2015, the institute has actively responded to the calls of provincial Women’s Federation, municipal Women’s Federation and county’s Women’s Federation, and the relevant departments of Human Resources and Social Security Bureau, Cultural Industries Office, and Immigration Office, etc, organized women in villages and towns of Yulong County to learn the employment skills training of traditional manual embroidery, and trained nearly 200 embroiderers.

It also employ the qualified trainees or sale their embroidery works by proxy, which opens up a new way for women of all ethnic groups in Yulong County to get rid of poverty and become rich. What’s more, it established the embroidery base of Baisha Naxi Embroidery Institute at Jiuhe Township and Lisu Embroidery Branch of Baisha Naxi Embroidery Institute at Liming Township, to better inherit and promote minority embroidery culture and do a good job in fighting poverty in Yulong County.

Honors and Awards of Baisha Naxi Embroidery Institute

The institute also manage the works from masters, teachers and students to exhibit in Shanghai,Beijiang, Kunming and other cities. And many of the works won goldern and silvier prizes in different scales.Yang Jinfeng, a Naxi embroidery master won the reputation of “Yunnan Provincial Embroidery Master” from rencent years great work.Xiongyang, a Pumi embroidery master won “Yunnan Provincial Superior Ethnic Embroidery Master” from a competition in 2016.

Because of the great contribution of cultural maintaince, premotion and the women’s employment. Baisha Naxi Embroidery Institute was honored as “Model of Women’s employment”,”Pioneer of the Provincial Handcrafts and Women’s Employment”,”Foundation of Human Resources Training” etc.

The institute has been given more and more attention and highly appraised and affirmed by different government departments concern form both municipal and provincial level.

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