Artisan breathes fresh life into She jewelry

Lin Weixing records the history and culture of the She ethnic group through his silverware, which he hopes will pass on the group's cultural heritage while adding innovative elements to give it added commercial value.
Born into a family of artisans, the 43-year-old was influenced as a child by his father, Lin Shiyuan, who is known for his great accomplishments in silverware.
In February 2018, Lin Weixing was listed as one of Fujian's intangible cultural heritage inheritors for She silverware, a tradition with a history of more than 200 years.
Inspired by daily life, Lin's designs emphasize both their practical use and relationship with people.
"We call our pieces 'beauty with a practical use'. First of all, many can really be used. We hope that our designs have a life and use for their owners, rather than just being hung on walls as decorations," he said. "We also control the costs of each piece to make it possible to sell them more easily."
"It's really interesting that folk customs vary from area to area, even in the same province. We do a lot of research in different counties and cities and visit museums and historical sites like ethnic She villages to find inspiration," he added.
Lin believes that the phoenix coronet is particularly important to inheritors of the She silver-making tradition.
"It's the mythological symbol of the group. She women enjoy rather high social status because of a folk tale in which the first She ancestor, Pan Hu, married a daughter of the Gaoxin Emperor, who wore a splendid phoenix coronet at the time," he said.
"She women wear similar coronets at important events in their whole lives," he added. "We inheritors create phoenix coronets using new skills and elements to pass on She culture."
Lin is far from old-fashioned. He started running an e-commerce silver jewelry site back in 2017. "We are not the early birds actually, but we have very successful brand positioning in the sector," he said. "Running an online shop is different from running a brick-and-mortar workshop in terms of man

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