When it comes to embroidery, people hardly connect man to this fine traditional Chinese art. But Fu Jian is an exception.
While many would assume that Master Embroiderer is a title to be held by a woman, Fu Jian is a man who will surprise you.
Born in 1987 in Yangzhou, Fu Jian practiced Suzhou embroidery for almost 20 years and has since turned this passion into a career. Exhibiting and selling his works of art with skills he’s honed since childhood, many people in his life were surprised that he didn’t choose a stable job in a big company.
However Fu Jian worries for the future of this time-honored art. It takes a long time to master embroidery, and he hopes that there will be a resurgence in popularity among China’s youth who want to preserve this cultural heritage.
Cameraman: Cheng Yilin