Starting from this November, 18 middle and primary schools from 9 counties and cities in Hainan province have started to introduce the traditional Li brocade training courses, aiming to protect and inherit the cultural heritage of the Li people.

The Li’s traditional brocade techniques of spinning, dyeing, weaving, and embroidering are a wonder of cultural heritage in the history of China. These traditional brocade techniques boast a history of over 3000 years and have been described as a "living fossil".

With the rapid development of society and the economy, fewer and fewer young local people take the time to learn the ancient weaving techniques. Those who have obtained the skills grow old and these techniques are facing the danger of dying out if they are not handed down to younger generations.

Therefore, the Li brocade techniques were included in the first list of national intangible cultural heritages in 2006, as well as the first batch of international intangible cultural heritage protection lists by UNESCO in 2009.

Benefiting from a series of effective protection and inheritance measures, the number of people who master the Li brocade techniques has increased from 1,000 in 2009 to over 10,000 this year.

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