Day 16: Miao Embroidery

I walked in with Ms. Mai, slightly dubious as to how helpful this trip would be.

Should be worth my time, right?

More than you could ever imagine.

The small shop had a subtle sort of radiance, only after staring at the walls for a while would you notice the vivid colors staring back at you in the form of gorgeous Miao minority patterns. Mrs. Shi was welcoming and seemed to recognize Ms. Mai immediately, insisting that we sit on the couch scattered with lovely embroidery. I noticed the wonderful pieces hung gracefully on the walls, hundreds of years of history in delicately sewn holiday tops. How is it I've never been here before?

Being an eighth grader from a highly metropolitan city, my intial reaction was of course to buy everything.

After asking the prices, I took a step back.

No, it was definitely worth it. I just didn't have the money.

I began slowly to actually see the clothing, not how it would look on a person, but the actual work behind it.

And it was spectacular.

After a short period of questioning and a promise that I'd be back, I left with Ms. Mai, content and excited.

Stayed tuned for more about embroidery!

My name is Ryane and I am a fourteen year old student in SAS Puxi. My interest in Microcampus stemmed from a desire to participate in something outside of my sheltered metropolitan lifestyle where everything is done for me and I am painfully inexperienced. I have lived in Shanghai for eight years now but was born in Taipei, Taiwan to an English speaking family of six cousins and numerous relatives. I have left Xizhou and missing it most painfully, however, I am happy and excited for all future Microcampers and the amazing experience they will experience. Be good to T and Ms. Mai!