First encounter with such pretty and high quality purses and bags, with embroidery and sewing done by Miao ladies in the villages
Our tour guide led us to a workshop in a building at the hillside. The American couple told us their story:
"We came here in 2000, and fell in love with this city.
"It was so pretty and we love the Miao culture. We came here again and decided to help the Miao ladies in the villages to improve their livelihood through their traditional embroidery skills. So we bought this building and started this workshop. Now we have 9 ladies in the workshop here, and 16 in the villages doing the embroidery."
"Look at the materials we use for the bags. The embroidery threads are imported from France. The fabrics are from Guangzhou. The zips are from Hong Kong."
"The designs are mainly done by Dorothy, and some by other Christian designers."
"During the first few years, we went through a lot of hardships and difficulties. But God is amazing. We moved into this building and managed the factory a few years ago, and then we demonstrated to the managers how to control the quality and improve the operation. Now we can travel and the managers are very independent and keep us posted of daily progress."
"Look at this tag. It tells customers these products are done by Miao ladies. Buying their products means supporting the sustaining of traditional craft by the ethnic tribe. And the name of our brand: Shenaini, is the message we hope to send to all whom we encounter."