Li Sanmei, 33, works at home on traditional Miao minority women’s outfits, which are embellished with complex embroidery and accessories, in Bijie City, southwest China's Guizhou Province. (Photos: VCG)
Li was working in nearby town for living. Now she and her husband have decided to go back to her county for the sake of her children’s education.
Li decided to open her own workshop this March after witnessing the high prices for costumes during traditional festivals.
She recruited two villagers to create delicate costumes with high quality and affordable prices.The sales revenue is over 300,000 yuan ($43,544) after months of work.
“Only me making money is nothing, it’ll be great if we all get rich,” Li said. She is determined to expand her business’s scale, and develop Miao costume making into an industry, so that more Miao villagers can escape poverty, while passing down Miao culture. (Compiled by Dong Feng)