Ti­betan em­broi­dery lifts Qing­hai res­i­dents from poverty

Global Times US Edition - - CHINA - By Liu Caiyu Page Edi­tor: liruo­[email protected]­s.com.cn

A lot of res­i­dents in North­west China’s Qing­hai Prov­ince have lifted them­selves out of poverty by work­ing in the Ti­betan em­broi­dery in­dus­try and their prod­ucts have been sold over­seas, in­clud­ing the US and In­dia.

The Ti­betan em­broi­dery in­dus­try cov­ers 32 town­ships and vil­lages in five coun­ties of the Hainan Ti­betan Au­ton­o­mous Pre­fec­ture of Qing­hai Prov­ince, with an­nual sales of more than 61 mil­lion yuan ($8.8 mil­lion), China News Ser­vice re­ported Sun­day.

Orig­i­nated in the 9th cen­tury, Ti­betan em­broi­dery, to­gether with thangka and bar­bola, is known as the ma­jor arts of Ti­betan Bud­dhism.

As one of the 21 ma­jor Ti­betan em­broi­dery man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pa­nies in the pre­fec­ture, Wu­cai Ti­betan Em­broi­dery Art Com­pany em­ploys more than 40 lo­cal em­broi­ders, com­pany man­ager Leng­ben Cairang told the Global Times on Mon­day.

Be­fore be­ing em­ployed, most em­broi­ders worked as wait­ers and farm­ers earn­ing up to 2,000 yuan per month. But each of them now gets a monthly salary of 3,000 to 6,000 yuan, Cairang said.

Dekyi Tso, a fe­male em­broi­der, who works at a lo­cal com­pany, said that she never thought that she could earn a liv­ing by mak­ing Ti­betan em­broi­dery, some­thing she knew how to do since she was young, and get up to 120 yuan ($17.45) a day, ac­cord­ing to China News Ser­vice.

The pre­fec­ture is home to 109 vil­lages be­low the na­tional poverty line, ac­cord­ing to Bei­jing-based news por­tal mzb.com.cn. Peo­ple whose an­nual in­come is lower than 2,300 yuan are de­fined as liv­ing be­low the poverty line in China, the Xin­hua News Agency re­ported.

To help lo­cals be­come bet­ter off, Cairang said his com­pany also reg­u­larly trains lo­cal res­i­dents in­ter­ested in Ti­betan em­broi­dery.

Hand-made Ti­betan em­broi­dery by farm­ers in the pre­fec­ture have been sold in other coun­tries, in­clud­ing the US, In­dia and Nepal.

Many lo­cal com­pa­nies par­tic­i­pate in var­i­ous events in other prov­inces in the hope of cap­tur­ing big­ger markets for tra­di­tional art prod­ucts, the re­port said.

Cairang said Ti­betan em­broi­dery prod­ucts, such as bags, clothes and dec­o­ra­tive pic­tures, made by his com­pany are mainly sold to other prov­inces and re­gions, in­clud­ing Jiangsu, Zhe­jiang and Ti­bet, but he is also eye­ing over­seas markets.

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