Latest News:  

English>>China Society

Her mighty needle sets her apart, with style

(China Daily)

12:52, February 25, 2013

Yang Xiaoting is a young designer of Han embroidery. (Photo/ China Daily)

Yang Xiaoting, 34, is recognized as a rising star of Han embroidery in Wuhan. With many award-winning works already in her repertoire, the young woman is creating waves, and controversy, unsettling traditional masters such as Ren Benrong.

Hubei-born Yang has set out to learn a wide range of different embroidery skills from all over China and she is applying the fused knowledge in her own works - which ranges from samplers of animals and flowers, landscapes and folk art, to Da Vinci's famous Mona Lisa to her own self-portrait.

She has broken all the molds, but she insists her works are Han embroidery.

Yang was born into a rich family and her grandmother was a skilled embroiderer who taught Yang how to sew when she was a child. She studied law and had excellent prospects with a law firm, but Yang left because she was looking for something else - a peace she found in her embroidery.

She went to Suzhou where she studied from masters of Su embroidery for a year. In 2001, she set up her own embroidery studio.

One of her works, depicting a gathering of all the ethnic groups in China, took her a year to finish. Someone offered to buy it for 1 million yuan ($160,000), but she declined.

"In olden times, most women in Hubei could embroider, but now few of the local young can use the needle, let alone do Han embroidery," she says.

"It is hard to attract the young people with old themes. I want to revive the old art and promote it to more people," says Yang, adding that she has a lot of respect for the old masters and still has much to learn from them.

Yang's studio is in Tanhualin Historic Street, a popular pedestrian mall in Wuhan filled with cafes and shops that attract the city's young. Her apprentices, all women, run three other shops on the same street.

We Recommend:

Our generation: Chinese elites through lens

Chinese rich women learning etiquette

Beauties at Beijing Film Academy enrollment site

Slacklife, China’s No.1 slackliner

Wedding of Lisu people in Sichuan, China

China's weekly story (2013.2.8-2.15)

Impressive moments of Beijing since 1950s

Unforgettable moments during Spring Festival

Exploring top private clubs in China

Email|Print|Comments(Editor:WangXin、Yao Chun)

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. Carrier-based aircraft regiment in training

  2. Skill competition of core scouts

  3. Heavy snowfall shrouds beautiful Lake Bled

  4. Lantern Festival celebration

  5. Attractive girls at an art college's enrollment site

  6. Chinese receive Lantern Festival

  7. Wedding dress show in Shanghai

  8. Yao ethnic villagers sacrifice bull to ancestor

  9. Dollar dilemma as greenback value falls

  10. Taking a bite out of the market for snakes

Most Popular


  1. Kerry aims high in maiden foreign trip
  2. Open communication for Peninsula peace
  3. Spring Festival offers window into China
  4. Fatter red envelopes miss point of tradition
  5. Opportunities amid challenges
  6. Children deaths lead to calls for better guardianship
  7. New CPC leadership's first 100 ruling days inspiring
  8. Keeping the brand full of beans
  9. Brighter outlook for property companies
  10. Lantern Festival losing its luster

What’s happening in China

Chilly run gets blood pumping

  1. Charitable school to make way for highway
  2. 4 dead, 5 injured in NW China road crash
  3. Beijing orders removal of garbage near reservoir
  4. Ministry clarifies rate of subsistence allowances
  5. China's mainland home to 247 'cancer villages'