Wednesday, 30 June 2010

China Memory 3 刺绣


A quite day today...the girls went to the grand parents. I am making sample clothing for the coming season. I can not help to think my mom and my grandmother....

I remembered my grandmother was dressed in black or white color traditional Chinese Style blouse, she had a good looking face with a smile, always. Even though she was a 60 something granny, she was so beautiful in my eyes. She had some treasures in her black wooden box. Some of them are embroidery band, which are almost the same as shown in the pictures (I found the band in Norway and bought them immediately). I was curious about what the embroidery band are used for and thought they were so pretty. I might have got an answer but I don't remember anything now. I learned from her how to do embroidery around 6 years old. It was very common for Chinese girls to learn how to do needle works at an early age at that time, but not anymore.

My mom made clothing for us when we were young. She liked to do some embroidery to the collars , wristbands or somewhere else to make it nicer. Last year I was back to Beijing, she still asked me if I need her to do some embroidery to my clothing... She is 76 year old now.

It is a pity that I am not good at writing neither in Chinese nor in English, so lacking of words. However, I am happy that I can make some clothing to attach some of my emotions... I am so grateful that both my grandmother and mom have granted so much treasure to me. .. nothing materialistic can compare to it. Thanks, grandma and mom, for all those good memories...


My parents at about the age of 27 year old in Beihai Park, Beijing, China, 1959.

8 comments:

alliot / iza said...

Thanks so much for sharing such a precious picture of your father and mother! It was a golden age in one's life. You inherit the characteristics from both of them.
I love Chinese embroidery. Am looking forward to your new collection!!!!
And, thanks for your words ... i would love to have your courage! The parents day is coming ... originally, i plan to remind silent but i feel bad. Now, i'm thinking to voice out ...

Fei An said...

Alliot, Thanks for your words.
I will do my best.
I think it is important to communicate with the teacher, at least, for his or her better understanding of Iza. If the communication doesn't work, it is another thing. In Norway, we and Anja would have meeting with her teacher and talk to her teacher twice every school year personally for 30 minutes every time. It is allowed to make additional appointments if necessary, of course. I hope it would be the same in Hong Kong. Best wishes, Fei An

kenza said...

How precious! the photo of your parents, the embroidery, the story of your grand-mother and you. So lovely. Thank you for sharing these precious memories. Your daughters must be so happy to hear these stories! Will you teach them embroidery? That would be so nice. I remember seeing a post with one of them threading a needle so it must be it!

Yoli said...

Ah thank you for sharing such a lovely story. I do think your words are lovely and you express yourself very well in English. Love the picture of the embroidery and of your beautiful parents.

Karumen said...

this is such a precious picture! thank you for sharing such great story with us, and i'm looking forward to your new collection!

Yanyan said...

看了你的博文,让我好想家

Fei An said...

Yanyan, I did not attach a Chinese music this time for the sake of not too 煽情. I hope this post is not too much for you:)

Fei An said...

Yes, Kenza, I will teach them to do the embroidery. However, I need to brush up bit myself first:p)