Embroidery needle treats town’s pain of poverty
2018-03-06 15:32:00

In Luduo Town of Baoying County, Yangzhou City, small embroidery needles have proved to be a killer of poverty, enabling locals to earn an annual income of 50,000 yuan ($7,880) on average. The inheritance and popularity of this craftsmanship couldn’t have happened without Mo Yuanhua, a famous artisan and also a deputy to the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC).

Since learning embroidery at 19 years old with her father, Mo has been working in the craft for 17 years, helping more than 3,000 women in the town rise from poverty. In the face of adversity, she led embroidery workers to sail through difficulties in industrial transformation. Today, needlework has become a pillar industry for the town.

To better promote the craft, Mo organized free training. Led by two generations of the Mo family, the town has developed more than 30 embroidery workshops and factories, with a yearly output value of 300 million yuan ($47.3 million) and products sold in more than 20 countries and regions.

As a new NPC deputy from the grassroots, Mo attended the annual session with ideas from thousands of embroidery women. “In the future, we hope the government can establish a platform to help the needlework go global and also for embroidery workers to visit other countries and broaden their vision,” said Mo.

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