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How Xi Jinping inspires cultural heritage through cloth shoes' journey


For over 40 years, Lai Shufang has meticulously fashioned Tangchang cloth shoes, a traditional Chinese craft passed down through generations. This intricate process involves over 30 steps and requires natural materials like flour paste and cotton.

In 2018, Lai's dedication resonated with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a visit. His appreciation for the traditional cloth shoes and his purchase of a pair not only symbolized support for artisans, but also brought national recognition to Tangchang cloth shoes.

This recognition, coupled with Lai's efforts to adapt and sell her shoes online, has seen a resurgence in interest in this age-old footwear. It also earned Tangchang cloth shoes a place on China's national intangible cultural heritage list in 2021.

Watch the video for a glimpse into the world of Tangchang cloth shoes, and appreciate the meticulous craftsmanship and cultural significance of this intangible cultural heritage.

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