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Story : China-Fingerless Artist
File ID : 120657
Video ID : 516016
Dateline : Recent
Duration : 2'34
Locations : Guizhou, China
Type : Chinese/Nats
Source : China Central Television (CCTV)
Restrictions : Not access Chinese mainland
Pageview : 1867
Summary : Fingerless cross-stitch artist
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Guizhou Province, China - Recent
1. Wide of Peng Jiangya's home
2. Wide of villagers standing around Peng, watching her doing cross-stitch
3. Close of Peng putting thread through eye of needle
4. Close of Peng doing cross-stitch
5. Close of Peng
6. Various of cross-stitch works
7. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Peng Jiangya:
"When I was a child, I was unable to hold chopsticks. My parents taught me for a long time. It was really difficult, but I overcame it. It dawned on me that one has to put great efforts into what one is doing."
8. Mid of Peng's husband watching her doing cross-stitch
9. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Peng Jiangya:
"I will finish it, put it in a frame and hung it on the wall of my room, hoping that it would bring good fortune to the family."
10. Wide of Peng displaying cross-stitch work
11. Close of Peng doing cross-stitch
12. Wide of Peng sitting and doing cross-stitch
13. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Peng Jiangya:
"I will gather a few other people to embroider the beautiful landscape of our hometown as a souvenir and lasting memory for tourists. At the dame time, we can earn more money."
14. Zoom out of Peng
15. Close of Peng writing
16. Zoom out of Peng's house
17. Pan left of mountains

Storyline

It is hardly believable that a girl without fingers could do across-stitching. But this is a true story of a real person.

Visiting a mountain village, all people are surprised to see the lively cross-stitch art works with such vivid and beautiful patterns of peonies, pine trees, cranes and wedding scenes that come out of the fingerless hands of a girl of the Tujia ethnic group.

Peng Jiangya, 24, lives in a village of the Yinjiang Tujia and Miao Autonomous County at the foot of the Fanjing Mountains on the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau.

She lost all her fingers when she plunged into a blazing fire stove as her parents were not at home. The family was too poor at the time to afford the expensive surgery.

But the girl has a strong will. From her childhood, she tried to do everything on her own and soon she has adapted to the daily life and does whatever within her capacity just like other girls.

"When I was a child, I was unable to hold chopsticks. My parents taught me for a long time. It was really difficult, but I overcame it. It dawned on me that one has to put great efforts into what one is doing," Peng said.

She learned to use her arms to hold the pen and, thanks to the encouragement of the teachers, she finished the junior middle school

She married at the age of 18. Now she has a family of four. The whole family relies on a mule for a living. Hoping to make the family live a better life, she thought that she must do something to earn a living.

She happened to see the vivid patterns of cross-stitch art. She was deeply attracted to it. She practiced again and again. She used her arms to clip the needle and put the thread through the eye of the needle. She failed numerous times. But she stuck to it. It took her days to finish her first work. Her stubborn efforts paid off. She finally mastered the embroidery skills. Now it takes her less than five seconds to complete the threading through the needle. It took her around two months to finish a complicated cross stitch work, "Crane standing on a pine tree, symbol of longevity". Her speed is believed to be faster than that of a normal artist.

Peng is now concentrating on a work known as "Fortune".

She said: "I will finish it, put it in a frame and hung it on the wall of my room, hoping that it would bring good fortune to the family."

Now Peng's hometown has become a tourist attraction. With the backing of the unique natural conditions, the Tujia people at the foot of the Fanjing Mountain are expecting to see their wealth dreams come true.

On her future, Peng Jiangya said: "I will gather a few other people to embroider the beautiful landscape of our hometown as a souvenir and lasting memory for tourists. At the dame time, we can earn more money."

 

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