On the afternoon of August 1, the 2022 “Xinjiang is a Good Place” Counterpart Assistance to Xinjiang 19 Provinces and Municipalities Intangible Cultural Heritage Exhibition “Dialogue Intangible Cultural Heritage” seminar was held at Xinjiang Kunlun Hotel.
The dialogue was themed “Textile Embroidery and Modern Life” and centered around the topic of “New Cultural Business Formats Connecting Modern Life and Cultivating Traditional Embroidery Craftsmanship”. Five experts from inside and outside Xinjiang and more than 20 representative inheritors of textile embroidery intangible cultural heritage (hereinafter referred to as “intangible cultural heritage”) gathered together to share and exchange textile embroidery technology and discuss the shortcomings in the inheritance and development of textile embroidery technology. and solutions.
At the event site, Su embroidery, Chao embroidery, Hunan embroidery, Xiabu embroidery, Uyghur embroidery, Xibe embroidery, Kirgiz embroidery, Mongolian embroidery, Tajik embroidery, Kazakh embroidery and other embroidery products were displayed on display. table. Representative inheritors of textile embroidery intangible cultural heritage came to the stage to introduce their embroidery and share their experiences. “Suzhou embroidery techniques have the characteristics of ‘flat, neat, harmonious, smooth, smooth and even’, with beautiful patterns, ingenious conception, meticulous embroidery work, and lively stitching techniques…” said Lu Fuying, the representative inheritor of Suzhou embroidery.
At the event, experts in the field of textile embroidery analyzed and discussed the embroideries in the exhibition area one by one and expressed their academic opinions. “I think in terms of inheritance, textile embroidery intangible cultural heritage products cannot keep up with the consumer market, and the products are too homogeneous. The market needs not just intangible cultural heritage products, but products with their own cultural heritage and distinctive styles.” Chinese Art Research Li Hongfu, a researcher at the Academy of Art and Anthropology, said, “Inheritors must base themselves on the local area, explore their own history and culture, and be brave and active in innovation. Only in this way can they have market competitiveness.”
At this intangible cultural heritage exhibition, The reporter also noticed that intangible cultural heritage products that have their own characteristics and are creative are quite popular among consumers. In the Urumqi exhibition area, the dough sculpture display cabinets were crowded with people. The dough sculpture cultural and creative products attracted many people to buy them due to their unique craftsmanship and down-to-earth appearance design. “In addition to making traditional ethnic products, such as ethnic minority herding, Mongolian wrestling, Uyghur singing and dancing, etc., we also make some cartoon animals. Children rarely see plastic products, and they can’t put it down for cute cartoon images.” Wang Fan, the seventh generation descendant of Xinjiang dough sculpture, told reporters.
“I was deeply touched by this expert dialogue. Intangible cultural heritage products must be actively integrated into life in order to survive and develop better.” Pu Yufeng, the inheritor of Hunan Hunan embroidery, said, “This is the first time I have participated in such a dialogue. This large-scale exchange meeting was also the first time I saw embroidery from so many ethnic groups. It really opened my eyes and gave me a lot of creative inspiration. I plan to go back and integrate it into our embroidery.”
Xinjiang Normal University Aishanjiang Abriz, a professor at the University’s School of History and Society, a doctoral supervisor in the field of ethnic art, and director of the Department of Anthropology and Ethnology, said at the meeting, “I think there are still deficiencies in the inheritance and protection of intangible cultural heritage. The older generation There are fewer and fewer inheritors. What we need to strengthen is the memory inheritance of the younger generation, not just increasing the number of inheritors. If intangible cultural heritage enters campus, it is cultivating children’s ‘memory’. Without this ‘memory’, there will be no For the love for intangible cultural heritage and the cherishment of traditional craftsmanship, no matter how many inheritors there are, they are just numbers.”