Lee Mei-yin is a renowned collector of Chinese ethnic costumes. One major category she collects is embroidered baby carriers. The Museum Society is delighted to invite Lee Mei-yin to run a workshop on ethnic baby carriers. The workshop will begin with a lecture and power point presentation, showing the cultural backgrounds of some of the tribes in their everyday lives during which these baby carriers were made. This will be followed by a handling session to examine the many varieties of baby carriers.
Chinese Miao Ethnic Minority Baby Carriers
Miao ethnic baby carriers without embroidery were commonly used when performing daily chores. The other type which embroidered with elaborate details were mainly used during festivals, fairs, weddings, and family gatherings.
Baby carriers of the Miao represent not only for their excellent craftsmanship, but also for the blessings for next generation, worship for ancients and nature, nostalgia for homeland and respect for ancestry and traditions. The patterns and colors are creative and ingenious. Every piece is a rich and exquisite artwork.
Ms. Lee Mei-yin’s areas of research include the history, art and costumes of the ethnic minorities of China, Buddhist art, Dunhuang art, silk and embroideries. She previously served as HKUSPACE guest lecturer (2000-2010), as well as a member of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee. She is currently a specially appointed research fellow of Dunhuang Academy, a visiting associate professor of the Chu Hai College, and a Vice President of the Friends of Dunhuang (Hong Kong). She also serves on the Board of Dunhuang Grottoes Preservation and Research Foundation of China, and as an expert advisor to the public museums of Hong Kong.