More diver­sity

ChinAfrica - - Lifestyle -

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.

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