When I was applying this major as my postgraduate programme last year, I presented my concerns about the conservation of Chinese ethnic group cultures in my study proposal. And after the study of unit 1 by this course, I learnt if I want to do a great research for my master or long-term project, the first step is I need to narrow down my interest into a more specific question as a good start. Considering the cultural heritage area I’m interested about is involved enormous objects, I would like to pick up textile art area first and address the question as ‘HOW ZHA RAN(A traditional tie-dye textile art form) CAN EARN MORE POPULARITY AMOUNG YOUNG GENERATION IN MODERN AGE ’
Along with the industrialization of textile production and fast urbanization development around the world, the old traditional skills are facing the worst threat or even started disappearing in our daily life. Besides, the cultural preservation is increasingly a topic of the international issue which governments, organizations and individuals paid more attention to. And personally, from the 6 years’ experience as a journalist, I noticed many precious cultural traditional heritages we have for generations are facing tremendous difficulties to survive. Therefore, I would like to devote myself for this research project and see if I could make any progress for the sustainable development of traditional textile art.
I had done the mind map and I’m planning to use secondary research as the key to open the world about Zha Ran and approach the information base such as what’s the situation of the inheritance in Zha Ran skill, what’s the possibility of traditional Zha Ran development, how traditional textile art embrace the modern world attention and etc. Then I will use interviews based on my secondary research to reach out potential stakeholders to talk about potential chances of Zha Ran popularity development. Based on this process and feedbacks, I would like to organize some possible modules to present some ideas and make further testify and progress. In addition, the field research will also play an important role along with this project to receive real outcomes and improvements.
I’m planning to use this project to arouse people’s attention to rethink about the traditional textile art which we are neglecting these days. I would like to build up a platform to present the beauty of Zha Ran in a modern way and gain more popularity of this traditional textile art around the world. And I see this project as a long-term and sustainable project which I will keep making efforts to make progress. At the end of the course, I hope I can gather some certain number of stakeholders on board as a team to work on this project continuously after and bring positive changes for the traditional textile art forms.
A Proposed Reading List
4. Heritage: critical approaches / Harrison, Rodney,
5. Made to Stick / Chip and Dan Heath
6. Comparing Research about the Beauty in Form between Fractal and Traditional Textile Patterns / Tang Ying
7. The Inheritance and Development of Ethnic Traditional Craftsmanship of Decorative Arts in Modern Garment Design / Yang Xiao Bing
8. Exploring textile arts: the ultimate guide to manipulating, coloring, and embellishing fabrics.
9. Sustainability and the social fabric Europe’s new textile industries / Clio Padovani, Paul Whittaker.