In celebration of the annual Sanyuesan Festival, the largest traditional festival of the Li and Miao minorities in Hainan, Sanya will launch a Li and Miao brocade weaving and embroidery competition at the Sanya Minority Middle School on April 20th.
Acclaimed as a "living fossil" of Chinese textiles, the Li-style brocade was chosen in the first batch of items for the Intangible Cultural Heritage list released by UNESCO in 2009.
The Li brocade has been part of China’s national cultural heritage, but as few people nowadays have the skills necessary to weave the special brocades, the practice is in danger of becoming extinct.
The aim is to promote the preservation of Li traditional culture as well as encourage women to promote this centuries-old handcraft.
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