CyberFair Project ID: 7036

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: The Tu Nationality's Embroidery
Category: 4. Local Specialties

School: Datong County Shishan Town Zhongxin School
    Xining, Qinghai, China

4 students, ages 14 to 15 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 9, 2012. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2011

Classes and Teachers: Qiang Dai

E-Mail contact:

Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Our school is localed at Shishan country of Datong County in Qinghai province, and the embroidery artisan Li Faxiu, introduced above is in Huzhu County of same province. The autonomous county of the Tu nationality Huzhu, located in the northeast of Chinese Qinghai province. Embroidery art is one of the wonderful flowers in the garden of this ethnic culture.

2. Summary of Our Project

Today, as the rapid development of industrial modernization and urbanization in rural areas, many folk cultural arts are facing being lost and distorted, the Tu coiled embroidery is also not an exception. In the process of making this special feature, we would like to, in the view of Li Faxiu's persistent pursuit on embroidery arts, contribute what we can for the preservation and development of the Tu embroidery.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:none

B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:none

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dial-up modem

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:2-3

E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):

There was only one computer room in our school, and all the computers were too old to run normally. In order to surf the internet to look for materials for the website, we had to spare the noon to finish them because of many classes and the schedule in the school.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

1,Our classes schedule was very tight. As disciplined students, we could not escape any classes that we had to spare our noon to do this instead of at the other time. 2,Communication barrier. Searching for material was quite difficult because of the out-of-date computers, of which the too slow running was always challenging our patience. To improve this, our master teacher Mr. Dai cut off all the teachers' internet except the computer room's, leaving the last straw for us. 3,Due to our nonprofessional manipulating computers, we did encounter many difficulties during the website construction, and finally our website could be successfully built up all thanks to teachers Mr. Ma and Mr. Dai's patient guidance. 4,Conquered difficulties. Our classes schedule was very tight, so did the teachers' work. To finish our website on time, at weekends, we even came to school to make it that was several miles far away. And teachers Mr. Ma and Mr. Dai also put aside their house works and came to school to assist us. And our essays and diaries were all typed into the computer at weekends by ourselves. For these two days we were very anxious because of the approach of the deadline, the teachers were so busy in the school that could spare time to help us, but they still helped to contact with the teachers in Tianjin, asking for some more days for us. Moreover, teacher Mr. Ma encouraged us to have the belief of a strongest team that we could successfully finish the website. Thanks again for his further reasonable advices for our website, we did calm down and concentrate on every detail of the following things. 5,We were so sorry for our poor English for participating in the contest that we turned to the teachers in the Town and Talent, we sincerely appreciate that.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

We felt great honored and proud of participating in this contest, for we have experienced so much in getting know of the embroidery arts, looking for the artisans, building the website and receiving help, hope and support from people most are unknown. It was their active participation that made the embroidery arts known and loved widely.

6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?

The modern society’s swift development urges the need of multiple talents, the unprecedented activeness of the education is attracting more and more attention in the society, resulting of the essential-qualities-oriented education being placed on the agenda. The native soil fine arts is of great characteristic in the village arts education, especially the embroidery arts of the Tu nationality in Huzhu County, such an arts treasure house should be fully used into the rural ethnic schools’ education. The ideal arts education is to get the students absorbed themselves in the artistic environment, most importantly, is to make the knowledge full of artistic sense and entertainment, in this way, the students’ dedication can be built and their individuality developed. During this activity, we mainly followed the route of the Tu embroidery representative artisan Li Faxiu in Huzhu County nicknamed “town of rainbow,” together with the local teaching, bringing the embroidery arts into school. The students thus could appreciate the marvelous embroidery works, get the sense of the greatness and profoundness of it and learn more of its cultural connotation. All of these above were done not by only us but countless respectable teachers and lovely students. Our thanks also go to the people who are always ready to offer us help and support. Also, we deeply learnt the importance of the team spirit and communication skills for promoting the folk culture.

Project Elements

1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?

Hardware: Computer, Digital camera Software: Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Microsoft Word, Outlook Express, Internet Explorer, ACDSee,QQ Network:E-mail, FTP, Broadband networks( 1M )

2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.

It is our great honor to promote Grandma Li’s persistent pursuit on passing on the traditional embroidery arts which represents the Tu embroidery cultural of Huzhu County, as the role of “folk cultural ambassador”, we are obliged to promote and make the Tu embroidery arts and culture known to more people and be loved by them. We also will not forget that, at the time we were about to give up searching the right people that has passion on embroidery, it was all because of teacher Mr. Guo helped to find and meet Grandma Li Faxiu, the representative inheritor of the national intangible heritage-- the Tu coiled embroidery. We were touched by Grandma Li’s persistent pursuit on embroidery arts. We wish that, in the technology era, the Tu embroidery have a promising future that it can go on and far instead of being lost and distorted.

3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?

Grandma Li Faxiu was a born and bread rural woman, she studied embroidery at the age of seven or eight from her mother, and spent over 40 years studying it, today she is still on her way contributing what she can do for the embroidery development. To prevent the Tu embroidery arts being lost, under the great support and assistance from the local government, Grandma Li launched a Tu embroidery arts training class. Up till now, over 800 apprentices have joint the class, and Grandma Li, at the age of more than 50, still presents the training in the class, to share with them and promote the Tu embroidery. During the research and edition of this special feature, through our communication with Grandma Li about the embroidery, we were touched by her contribution and imbued with the importance of preserving and developing Chinese traditional folk arts. We are here to call on more and more people to do something for the culture perseverance and development. We should learn from Grandma Li and be proud of her as well as the Tu embroidery culture.

4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?

We do deeply appreciate all the people who ever brought us help and hope, the ones have been familiar, the first faces ever seen and many anonymous friends far away. This activity will not be so wonderful without all of your participation and contribution. Li Faxiu,Embroidery representative successors,Warmly accepted our interview, showed her exquisite beyond compare works, give us a detailed introduction. Li zhihua?Lu qing,who comes fromTown and talent of science and Technology (China) Co., Ltd,give us a lot of technical support. Thanks forYi qixian,the Principal of Datong County Shishan Town Zhongxin School.Yi President of School of thematic research work has given strong support and care. Zhang guizhen,the Teacher of Datong County Shishan Town Zhongxin School,Help us to collate information, collect and write a topic in the study of text. Thanks for Guo shengyan,the Teacher of Huzhu County Linchuan Middle School Teacher.Guo teacher in our project introduces the' hero' -- Li Faxiu. And provided valuable information.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

Considering the shadowy present and the promising prospects of the Tu embroideries market, Huzhu County listed the coiled embroidery into one of the local tourism products and offered great support in policy and finance. Seeing the potential business chances from it, the rural women have already studied the embroidery and did improve a lot, the works made by them have been used greatly ranging from clothes to statues, wall hangings, columns hold, quilt cover and the other, building the Tu's coiled embroidery works into special artistic products. It was witnessed the Tu embroidery’s refreshing vitality and it was believed to be better. Through this website and the power of Net Fair, the Chinese Tu embroidery culture to be displayed and get known by more people, we do hope you can join to care about it and pass on it through out the world, make it shining in its distinctive way.


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