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Barra: making ethnic clothing sincerely

By Zhi Xinghua Source:China Tibet News 2020年01月03日 10:13

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Barra, head of the Gugu Retse specialized farmers' and herdsmen's cooperative for making traditional Tibetan clothing, is sewing clothes. [China Tibet News/Shi Jinru, Zhang Meng]

In 2018, with the support of relevant policies and funds, Jindong Town of Nang County, Nyingchi City, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, purchased six electric sewing machines and six leather chairs, built a factory of 80 square meters at a cost of 300,000 yuan RMB, and established the Gugu Retse specialized farmers' and herdsmen's cooperative for making traditional Tibetan clothing. Barra is the head of the cooperative.

"I've loved making things since I was little. I've learned a lot about clothes, backpacks, hats and intricate patterns. In my opinion, there is nothing more accomplished than making clothes." Barra's words reveal a love of clothes.

"The main texture of the clothing of herdsmen in Jindong is animal skin. The hat is generally made of scalp and tail of cattle, and the clothes are also made of cow skin. Even the shoes and trousers are different from other places...And now, Jindong clothing is also about to be lost." Barra is sorry for that.

In order to make the ethnic clothing culture can have a long history, Barra begins to take apprentices from all over the township, with the poor first, to teach them how to make Jindong clothing.

Every detail of clothing making is taught by Barra hand in hand. After a period of learning, now some of the technical workers in the cooperative have been able to make clothes and hats independently.

"By setting up this cooperative, we can not only pass on the clothing culture, but also learn the craft and become rich," says Pasang Lhamo gratefully.

The profit of the cooperative is reasonably divided among Barra, apprentices, village collective and poor households. Apart from Barra's monthly income of 4, 000 yuan RMB and the variable salary of her apprentices, the village collective gains 10, 000 yuan RMB per month.

Cultural inheritance is not accomplished overnight, and it needs to be carefully maintained by more craftsmen who love ethnic traditions like Barra, so as to make ethnic clothing culture has a long history. The Gugu Retse specialized farmers' and herdsmen's cooperative for making traditional Tibetan clothing is a vivid example.

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