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Master embroiderer stitching together ethnic pride, respect

China Daily | Updated: 2018-08-10 07:39

Shan Xiumei's handmade cloth dolls are helping popularize the beauty of the various ethnic groups who call the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region home.

Shan, a member of the Han ethnic group, started creating the dolls 18 years ago, when the northwestern Chinese region began blossoming as a tourist destination.

"My family was very poor when I was young and there were no toys for children, but my mother made a doll for me. I liked it very much and started to make dolls myself from then," Shan said. To make her dolls stand out from the competition, Shan devised xiusu, a new form of craftsmanship that combines detailed embroidery with strategic stitching to create humanlike facial features and body shapes.

Master embroiderer stitching together ethnic pride, respect

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