Xinying Wang, 21, is a native of Danzhai County, Southwest China's Guizhou Province. She started learning batik since 6 years old. At 19, she was appointed as the lineage holder of the Miao ethnic batik technique in Danzhai County.
Miao batik is a handicraft passed down from generation to generation among Miao people. The finished products are simple but elegant in color and beautiful in pattern, with strong ethnic characteristics. It has been listed in the first batch of National Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
In 2017, with the advancement of poverty alleviation, Wanda Town in Danzhai invited a large number of lineage holders to start their businesses, offering subsidies and free rent.
Wang and her family chose to set up a batik workshop, where visitors could experience this craft. In addition, the Wang family opened a batik production workshop, specializing in selling the products.
Because of their skills, Wang's family successfully lifted themselves out of poverty. In April, she was invited to attend the Shanghai Fashion Week.
"The city outside is beautiful with tall buildings, but I think my hometown suits me better, and only batik can take me further. In the future, I want to integrate batik elements into fashion design, so that more people will know and fall in love with batik," Wang said.
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