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Seychelles-China cooperation brings embroidery workshop to the islands

Seychelles-China cooperation brings embroidery workshop to the islands ( An embroidery workshop is being organized in the Seychelles by the island's Ministry of Tourism and Culture in the context of its cultural cooperation with China.

The Chinese embroidery instructor, Ms. Wang Shuping, is teaching this skill to participants from the Seychelles School of Visual Arts, the Youth Department, local craftsmen, members of the Chinese community in Seychelles, and other interested individuals.

Embroidery is a very long-established art form in China. It was never classified as a solely female activity, and men and women have both been involved in embroidery. The items embroidered are quite diverse and include robes, theatrical costumes, purses, shoes, spectacle cases, banners, alter cloths, and many other pieces. Some of the pieces were so finely stitched that the pieces took five to six people several years to complete.

Embroidery was also used as a means of decorating silk clothing and for silk flags and banners as a means of denoting rank or station. The finest pieces of work were very expensive. Gradually, embroidery developed, as a pastime for wealthy ladies, and many members of the court were renowned for their intricate work.

The workshop is aimed at teaching, improving, and providing advanced embroidery skills to the participants and follows a paper-cutting workshop held in November 2011 by Miss Chen Yangrong, a Chinese expert in this domain.

The workshops, which started on April 18, will continue until April 26 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon at the National Cultural Centre and from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm at the Anse Royale Community Centre. This will culminate in an exhibition on the following day at the National Cultural Centre. Certificates will also be awarded to the participants.

This venture has been made possible by the joint collaboration of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, the Chinese Embassy, and the Small Enterprise Promotion Agency (SENPA).

Ms. Shuping arrived in Seychelles on April 16, 2012 and will leave on Saturday, April 28.


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