The three Chinese craftsmen who delivered the training in Addis Ababa - Wang Shenglian, Wu Yiren and Wu Yiping - are no ordinary craftsmen.
They are respected masters of Xiaoyu bamboo ware. Originally from Yiyang, Xiaoyu bamboo skill crafts are known throughout China for their long history, exquisite appearance and fine workmanship. In 2010, Xiaoyu bamboo ware was included in list of China’s intangible cultural heritage.
Though it was the first time for them to teach abroad, the connection between Xiaoyu bamboo ware and Africa goes back a long time. The artisanship had already crossed the ocean and become prestigious on the continent as early as the 1980s.
“[Local bamboo craftsmen] simply use strings to link the different parts, which is too loose and unstable. That’s one of the reasons why quality is low,” Dai told Chinafrica.