(Characters of the Two Sessions) Yang Changqin, a post-90s "bamboo weaving girl": Let the intangible cultural heritage "tide" to give tradition a future

  China News Agency, Chishui, Guizhou, March 1st: "Bamboo Weaving Girl" Yang Changqin born in the 1990s: Let the "tide" of intangible cultural heritage rise to give tradition a future

  Author Zhou Yanling Tian Tingting Chen Ma

  "Hello everyone, I'm Yang Changqin, a representative of the National People's Congress, and the sixth-generation inheritor of the Chishui Bamboo Intangible Cultural Heritage. You can see that behind me is a sea of ​​bamboos..." Standing in a bamboo forest in Chishui City, Guizhou Province, Yang Changqin took the The mobile phone is recording a Vlog to introduce the bamboo industry in his hometown to netizens.

  Dressed in a Chinese-style cheongsam, Yang Changqin has long pigtails, and from time to time, she shows netizens the bamboo earrings and hand-held bamboo bags on her body.

As a "bamboo girl" on the banks of the Chishui River, Yang Changqin has been with bamboo for more than ten years. In her words, it was bamboo that made her what she is now.

  Chishui is one of the top ten bamboo towns in China, with a bamboo forest area of ​​1.328 million mu and 200,000 people engaged in bamboo-related industrial activities.

As a non-genetic inheritor of "post-90s" bamboo weaving, Yang Changqin thinks most about how to find a balance between traditional and modern aesthetics, so that traditional culture "old trees bloom new flowers".

  Bamboo weaving has a long history in China. In 2021, Chinese bamboo weaving will become popular overseas, and 70 million TikTok netizens will watch Chinese "Kung Fu" online.

Pot brushes, parasols, bamboo cabinets... From simple daily utensils to complex engineering structures, from delicate small objects to novel modern handicrafts, the production videos posted by bamboo weaving craftsmen on TikTok show the production process of bamboo weaving handicrafts. Well received.

  "The popularity of bamboo weaving skills abroad proves that this traditional skill is worth my continued adherence." Yang Changqin said that the market value of a piece of bamboo is up to 6 yuan (RMB, the same below), but after finishing, breaking, dyeing, drawing, After weaving and other processes, it can be made into bamboo handicrafts, and the value can climb to several hundred yuan.

  In order to make the intangible cultural heritage "tide" and "live" in the present, Yang Changqin went to art colleges and universities in Shanghai and other places for further study. After returning, he applied the new knowledge and new skills he had learned to three-dimensional fine bamboo weaving, and innovatively launched the Bamboo-woven porcelain, bamboo-woven jewelry, bamboo-woven Zen incense burners and a series of bamboo-woven handicrafts are very popular in the market.

  In 2021, Yang Changqin's company's output value will exceed 10 million yuan, with 34 registered trademarks and 12 invention patents.

The company has also brought more than 100 local villagers into employment and helped 570 people in 177 households to increase their income.

  After the Spring Festival in 2022, the intangible cultural heritage bamboo weaving production, research and study base founded by Yang Changqin in Datong Town, Chishui City became lively again. More than 100 rural women who were employed in the base returned to work and returned to work and devoted themselves to the production of bamboo weaving handicrafts.

Yang Changqin is also very busy, not only to connect with the sales market, but also to provide technical guidance to these rural women in weaving.

  From 2012 to now, Yang Changqin has trained people in bamboo weaving skills, including left-behind women, relocated households for poverty alleviation, disabled people, school students, etc., and the annual training number has reached 10,000 people. The inheritance of bamboo weaving skills has experienced a serious generational phenomenon."

  In the past five years as a deputy to the National People's Congress, Yang Changqin has always paid attention to issues related to the inheritance of traditional culture and the development of rural industries.

The National Two Sessions will be held in 2022. She will put forward suggestions on improving the production-university-research base of intangible cultural heritage techniques, and strengthening inheritance and industrial integration to promote rural revitalization.

  Yang Changqin believes that at present, many unique traditional techniques and products have not formed brands and lack scale effect. Only through the establishment of industrial bases, integrating technical resources, improving training systems, and opening up production and sales channels can we shape cultural and creative brands and open up the market. , so that the non-heritage skills can be better passed on.

  When it comes to future development, Yang Changqin always firmly believes in an old saying: "It is better to give away a skill than a gift of 10,000 taels of gold."

In the future, she will continue to make bamboo "articles" in the countryside, reviving the unique charm of combining traditional handicrafts with natural materials through design.