Traditional qipao gets perfect cut for modern women

A woman makes qipao, China’s intangible culture heritage, glitter in modern life with exquisite craftsmanship in Tianjin.

Liang Yuhua, born in 1951, started to learn the art of making qipao at the age of 20 and is now skilled in every step of handmade qipao, from selection of materials, taking measurements to clothes cutting.

It takes about 200 steps to make a Jin-style qipao and each step needs its own special attention. Only by sticking to traditional techniques can the intangible cultural heritage truly live in the contemporary era, Liang said.

As a deputy manager of a garment workshop, Liang wants to make traditional cultural heritage qipao carry more Chinese characteristics, be more practical and more easily accepted by ordinary people.

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