CyberFair Project ID: 7912

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Maliu embroidery
Category: 4. Local Specialties

School: Chaotian Vocational Middle School
    Guangyuan, Sichuan Province, China

2 students, ages 15-17 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on February 26, 2015. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2010

Classes and Teachers: Fu Lin, Li Sha

E-Mail contact:

Our School's Web Site: http://

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Chaotian District belongs to county areas directly under jurisdiction of Guangyuan city, located at the junction of Sichuan, Shaanxi, Gansu provinces. In Tang Tianbao 15 years, emperor Tangxuanzong came here when there happened the rebellion of An and Shi, hundreds of officials in Sichuan province saw the emperor here in the grand worship, therefore, the placer was named as Chaotian, which has a long history. 5000 years ago, there were the ancient ancestors living here. There are rich cultural heritage, such as Bright Moon Gorge, Choubi Courier Station, Longmen Pavilion and Qipanguan; the scenery in Zengjia Moutain and ShuimoGou is beautiful, and the air is fresh, it is a great place for ecological health; there are splendid folk cultures: Li's gong and drum, Nuo opera of Pingxi, Choubi Suona, Xiao'an folk songs; there are folk customs with unique features, such as Crying Marriage, Duet Gong, Hitting in Marriage Ceremony. In 1935, China's fourth front red army of workers and peasants, cooperating with the central red army's strategic shift to crush the fifth encirclement and suppression of the kuomintang(KMT),came to Changtian and founded the Soviet government in Hongping county, spreading the revolutionary fire seeds onto this ancient land. Shu Road's history and culture, folk culture, ecological cultures, the red army culture, constitute the cultural ecological environment of Maliu embroidery, which irrigates and inspires cultural life of Maliu embroidery.

2. Summary of Our Project

With interviews of folk successors and experts in Cultural Center, we further study the characteristics and development of Maliu embroidery, and we deeply felt that characteristics culture of Maliu embroidery, is a folk art passed down and developed by family inheritane from one generation to another, is exquisite folk art treasure created by ancestors in Maliu township in self-sufficiency and carefree life. And we also find that there is succession crisis for Maliu embroidery, for traditional folk art with a long history and profound influence, we should have the responsibility to pass it down and develop it.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:less than 20

B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:1

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6

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

Our school uses ADSL Internet. We made webpage by using computer at teacher office and computer classroom.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

Difficulty: 1, Local people who were skillful in Maliu embroidery were mostly elderly people, so the access to the resources was very limited: (2).We were not very skilled in operating some software (3).Time for our team to go out for interviews is limited. (4)We are lack of experience, because this was the first time for us to participate in Webpage Contest. Solution: 1, Asking the villagers around fully to help us looking for successors of Maliu embroidery (2). Consulting the teacher, self-study ability was strong; team motivation was also very high (3). Making full use of the holidays and weekend to go out for interviews Knowledgeable: (1). everything comes to him who waits (2). In practical learning, ability was promoted very fast (3). Carefully arranging the activity plans (4). With the teacher's patient instructions, professional knowledge was enhanced

5. Our Project Sound Bite

During our study, we learned that there is succession crisis for Maliu embroidery with the development of the age. Maliu embroidery is exquisite folk art treasure created by ancestors in Maliu Township in self-sufficiency and carefree life, is a state-level non-material cultural heritage. It was a folk art with unique local characteristics and unique artistic charm, it was precious cultural heritage rooted in the labor people's production and living with strong local flavor. Girls in Maliu, began to learn embroidery when she was six or seven years old, at 17 or 18 years old, they could embroider a set of exquisite dowry. The level of embroidery is an important standard to indicate whether the ingenuity and smart girl in Maliu. We believe that we can continue the rich traditions of Maliu embroidery through our effort, let us take action to call on more people to protect it, pass it down, and give one’s contribution to the hometown.

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

We actively encouraged students to use their spare time to participate in social practical activities for their all-round development. The purpose of participating in DigiChina was mainly to make students combining the knowledge they have learned at school and practice, with extracurricular comprehensive practice activities, opening their mind. We were students majoring in computers, participating in webpage project research activity, did not only make us master the computer knowledge, but also exercised our social practice ability. It was very happy that with the experience and exercise of this activity, whether the social intercourse ability, thinking and moral quality, or student mastery of knowledge, had been enhanced a lot. Although we came across some difficulties, but we learnt unknown knowledge in the past, with investigation, research, interviews and, reading network resources, we strengthened the understanding of embroidery as a cultural heritage, and called on people to protect it without allowing it slowly to disappear in silence. In a word, inquiry learning activity made us have a deep understanding of the embroidery culture around us.

Project Elements

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

Cell phone,Digital camera,U disk,computer,

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

In this activity, we all knew that it was impossible to finish the task only by the power of individuals, only with team cooperation, communication and exploration, mutual trust, and actively mobilizing the people around, could we complete the task at last. In the process of our research, we visited and interviewed several successors of Maliu embroidery, we first illustrated to them our research plans of DigiChina through our instructor, during the interviews, they were very serious, in the case that our first interview data was not enough, they arranged time in their busy schedule for us to conduct the second interview, which made us very moved. Then we visited the experts at local cultural center, they provided us with valuable information and photos. We also interviewed the related department of local township government to understand the government protection planning of Maliu embroidery. In addition, we also learned that the local schools were carrying out this local characteristic course with the purpose to convey this traditional culture to more people. The most important thing was that we wanted people to attach importance to this traditional art, let Maliu embroidery never be lost, let this national intangible cultural heritage to grow stronger and stronger here.

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

As a result of our efforts, the protection of Maliu embroidery got recognition and support of the local people and the government, the local villagers all actively provided information, which made us all very moved. The local government and cultural center also gave us great help and guidance. At the same time, we also hoped that through our efforts, we could make the intangible cultural heritage of our hometown to shine again, urge people to save the hometown's material cultural heritage, continue to pass it down and protect it. Let more people pay attention to it.

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

Our material mainly came from visits and interviews. The local township government provided us with a lot of information and photos about Maliu embroidery, staffs at Cultural Center also accepted our interviews, introducing detailed historical and cultural characteristics and current situation of Maliu embroidery, at the same time, we were also very grateful to many people who helped us, we wanted to especially thank the school leaders giving our research a lot of support and encouragement, thank the people in Maliu township in our interview, giving us a lot of cooperation and support. At the same time, we also wanted to thank our teacher, giving us patient guidance.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

In the process of research, we found that it was not very easy to conduct profound research of a project. We've just heard Maliu embroidery before, and did not have complete understanding of it, but with our in-depth study of it, we truly realized its unique charm and it was a folk art with unique local characteristics and unique artistic charm, it was precious cultural heritage rooted in the labor people's production and living, with strong local flavor, and it deserved the name of 'state-level non-material cultural heritage'. But we also learned that fewer and fewer people now knew about Maliu embroidery, we hoped that with this project, we could let more people realize its charm.


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