Indigenous Motif Library
Each Kam village has its unique customs, stories, songs and designs that differentiate it from other places. The older generation can easily identify which village a person comes from by their attire, for example. This is not true for the younger generation. They are very much influenced by the mainstream Chinese culture broadcasted on TV.
Artisans have given us access to their family embroideries and demonstrated how paper templates are created. We catalogued them and students have converted them to digital graphics that can be used on a wide variety of applications. A simple and inexpensive screen-printing process can then be used to apply these motifs to various artifacts.
Wu Mengxi, one of few living artisans who can make embroidery templates drew and cut a beatiful flower motif used in emroidering women's coats. Our team converted it to vector graphics and made a screen from it. The design has come full circle with Wu Mengxi screen printing the motif onto a fabric. She will use the motifs to develop products to be sold locally, in China and abroad.