How did they carry out the best practice?
The mainline in this project falls on silk. The act of sericulture was aimed at students whereby they have an idea on living habits of silkworms. In the course of routine observation, we hoped that students learn to collect data, take preliminary records before depicting the life circle changes in words or drawings. In so doing, students were exposed to the birth process of silk.
We witnessed how silks changed into silk yarn held by female embroiders during the field visit. Practical activities enabled students to have a better understanding of traditional Chinese sericulture and Suzhou embroidery. They marveled at splendid Chinese culture. We shared with our students the development of Suzhou embroidery, coupled with stitch expertise, by means of PowerPoint, videos, etc. With this, students experienced what authentic Suzhou embroidery was like. Besides, we taught them hand by hand the smart combination of needle and silk so as to arouse their interest in Suzhou embroidery, a traditional national handicraft. What the research work brought to our students was not simply sericulture skills or Suzhou embroidery techniques, but a precious treasure box filled with cultural origin, and skill development of over thousands of years. Let innocent hearts encounter cultural treasures to feel great charm of intangible cultural heritage. The Chinese national pride will soon be spread.