World Heritage Sustainable Livelihood Workshop on Shilin Sani Embroidery
This seven-day workshop at the Shilin South China Karst World Heritage site on Sani embroidery techniques, design and creative adaptation to the tourism market is given by national intangible cultural heritage transmitters and experts on cultural and creative industry. The workshop enhances the capacity of local communities, especially women, and professionals in the creative and tourism industries in transmitting and utilizing local intangible cultural heritage for the sustainable development of livelihood and the lasting conservation of the World Heritage site.
In the framework of the UNESCO - China Youth Development Foundation Mercedes-Benz Star Fund “Conservation and Management of World Heritage Sites in China” project, Phase III (2017-2020), UNESCO Beijing Office, since 2017, has been piloting the World Heritage sustainable livelihood activity at selected World Heritage sites in China. Bringing together key elements of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, UNESCO’s 5C Strategy, China’s national development agenda for eco-civilisation and poverty alleviation, and UNESCO’s major cultural conventions, this activity aims to synergise intangible cultural heritage transmission and creative industry for the sustainable development of the livelihoods of local communities in and around World Heritage sites, and to achieve lasting conservation of World Heritage sites.
Shilin is a component of the South China Karst serial World Heritage site inscribed in 2007. It is also home to the Sani people of the Yi ethnic group, whose embroidery, traditionally passed down and practiced among the female population, is listed as a national intangible cultural heritage element. This workshop seeks to raise awareness among local communities, especially women, and professionals in the creative and tourism industries of intangible cultural as a propeller of sustainable development of World Heritage, and build capacity in incorporating intangible cultural heritage as a means of livelihood.
The workshop curriculum includes traditional Sani embroidery techniques and patterns, creative product design and product marketing. It is attended by approximately 60 participants including local Sani embroidery transmitters and professionals from the cultural and creative industries and the tourism industry. Curricula of the workshop include concepts in ethnic cultural product development and design, Shilin traditional embroidery techniques, creative design using traditional coloring and patterns, marketing and product design, etc.