Craftswoman's Bio

Women of China (English) - - CULTURAL HERITAGE |巧手中国 -

the works that has given Wang the greatest satisfaction. Numerous viewers during the past five decades have been amazed by the beauty of the embroidery, decorated with paintings that vividly depicted the bustling downtown life and beautiful natural views during the Northern Song Dynasty. In 1959, Wang and several craftswomen in the plant spent more than 100 days creating the embroidery. They made a special trip to the bank of the Yellow River to watch boatmen retract and release boats' ropes, so the craftswomen could vividly depict the scene while they created the embroidery. Through repeated experiments, Wang led the craftswomen to use new embroidering methods while they made the artwork. Henan's provincial government presented the item to the central government, to mark the 10th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

Given her outstanding achievements in promoting the traditional craft, Wang was named a Henan Model Worker in 1959. In 1979, she attended the National Artists, Craftspeople and Art Designers' Conference.

Shortly after Wang retired from the plant in 1990, she established Kaifeng Suhua Embroidery Co. Ltd. During the past 20-plus years, the company has provided free training to more than 3,000 residents, to help them develop the skills needed to make embroideries. Wang has invested much time and energy in leading craftswomen to develop the skills needed to both make the crafts and expand the market. Given Wang and her employees' efforts, an increasing number of residents in Kaifeng and its neighboring areas have taken up the craft-related jobs in recent years. That, in turn, has greatly promoted the development of the areas' tourism industry.

In 1995, Wang held an exhibition in Chicago to promote Kaifeng-styled embroideries. During the exhibition, she showed the artistic charm of dozens of embroideries to visitors from different parts of the world.

In 2005, Wang registered a brand name — Suhua — for her embroideries, so it would be easier to expand her business. Three years later, Suhua embroideries became one of the most well-recognized brand-name products in Henan Province.

In 2010, Wang established Kaifeng Brothers' Embroidery Company, which employed disabled residents. At present, 28 disabled women are on the company's payroll. Given Wang and other craftswomen's help, many of the women have become skilled embroiderers.

To promote the traditional craft, Wang and other craftswomen in 2016 established Wang Suhua's Embroideries Museum. From time to time, Wang explains to visitors the development of the traditional craft.

In June 2018, Wang made a special trip to Zhengzhou, capital of Henan Province, to attend the Fifth China International Creative Handicraft Cultural Industry Expo. She was delighted to see many visitors watched her embroideries carefully.

Wang says she plans to develop Kaifeng Suhua Embroidery Co. Ltd. into a multifunctional base, in which craftspeople produce and exhibit embroideries. She also says she hopes more visitors, from home and abroad, will have a better understanding of Kaifeng's traditional culture through the exquisite artworks created by the company.

Wang Suhua, who was born into a farmer's family in Fengqiu in 1935, is a State-level master of arts and crafts in China and a State-level inheritor of the craft of making Kaifeng-styled embroideries. She has won many prizes for her artworks. In 2005, China National Arts and Crafts Society presented to her the life achievement award of promoting the development of the traditional Chinese craft.

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