Phase 1: Posing Real Questions

Updated 7 years 10 months ago
Βefore, beginning this project I knew only a little about embroidery, learned from Wikipedia and raising silkworms in 2nd grade. I know that embroidery is mostly made with silk, and was traded on the silk road. The coccoons were boiled and the thread unraveled. Chinese embroidery dates back to the neolithic age, and in the feudal times, was a preferred skill for girls to learn. There are many different types of embroidery, and different stitches. Zodiac animals, flowers, birds, goldfish, and Chinese scenes are commonly embroidered. I do not know much about embroidery, but that makes me want to learn more.
 
My questions about my inquiry topic:
 
THE PROCESS/CREATION OF EMBROIDERY:
 
  1. Why do they use silk thread mostly instead of other materials such as cotton or nylon?
  2. How is the silk prepared for embroidery?
  3. How is hand-made embroidery different from machine embroidery?
  4. I see a lot of flowers, zodiac animals, and goldfish in embroidery. What does certain embroidery symbolize?
  5. How has the embroidery changed from before to after the cultural revoution?
  6. There's always one type of flower that keeps showing up in Bai costumes. What is it and why is it there?
  7. What embroidery is on the clothing of Bai women?
  8. What embroidery is on the clothing of Miao/Hmong women?

ECONOMIC ASPECT:

9. What makes one piece more expensive than another?

10. How much would a professional embroiderer make?

To answer these questions, I need to constantly visit Happy Embroidery, an embroidery shop a short distance from our home at the Microcampus in Xizhou. I need to get information from people in the embroidery field, and I will ask people who embroider there, as well as others who work there.

Hi! My name is Audrey... I'm really excited about Microcampus. I've never been to an area like that, and I'm looking forward to the fresh air and nice weather. I hope to learn how the people there live, as well as exploring the area and comparing it to Shanghai. Hopefully, I'll gain a great experience out of this trip.