Through a concerted effort of Sheme and Wu Yuying (the leading inheritor of Shu embroidery from Sichuan), the Joint Studio was started to develop the cause of inheriting Shu embroidery. Dedicated to discovering more intangible cultural heritage and exquisite arts and crafts such as Shu Embroidery, our studio endeavors to innovate on the intangible cultural heritage that bears profound traditional Chinese culture. This project not only boosts the protection and development of Chinese traditional culture, but also fuels the employment of women by helping them learn new knowledge and new skills.
Sheme-Wu Yuying Joint Studio also founded the Flexible Employment Base for Household Women thanks to the support from Sichuan Provincial Development and Reform Commission as well as the guidance of Women’s Federation in Chengdu and Sichuan Province. The Studio, in collaboration with some local branches of Women’s Federation, provided a series of training workshops on Shu embroidery, mainly targeting the pattern design, color matching and stitch methods.
With step-by-step instructions, these female trainees, starting as beginners with quite limited know-how, turned into professionals who are now eligible to handle the embroidery work on Sheme shoes. Through these workshops, many embroiders take exquisite skills in their hands and land new jobs that promise a brighter future.