Behind the awarding bouquet of the Winter Olympics, there is a “legend” of tianjin’s “Weaving Maid”…

2022-05-16 0 By

In The history of the Olympic Games, the bouquet of flowers and MEDALS have often been an important supporting part of the show.Different from the traditional cut flowers used in previous awards, this year’s medal bouquets are crocheted by Shanghai Style knitting technique, an intangible cultural heritage.Among these flowers, some of them are made by tianjin “Zhinv”, contributing to the Winter Olympic Games.Last October, Guan Chao of tidetide Relief Center in Tianjin received a commission to weave more than 1,000 winter Olympics medal bouquets.Compared with other weaving teams, Guan’s team has a mature knit community. Some of the more than 200 weaving girls come from all over China, including more than 70 weaving girls from Tianjin.The bouquet includes six beautiful flower shapes, including rose, Chinese rose, lily of the valley, hydrangea, laurel and olive, symbolizing love, perseverance, happiness, unity, victory and peace respectively.The bow ribbon on the bouquet’s handle also ends with the words “BEIJING2022.”After being screened, the weaving girls from places like Tianjin gather online or offline, not knowing what the flowers they weave are used for due to confidentiality.”We use people who have been trained for years, through manual skills education, learning and order acceptance, to participate in the production.”According to Guan, they tested the flowers according to the course’s acceptance standards and met the production requirements with high standards.”When I first received the assignment, I was still under a lot of pressure. I was thinking about how to finish the task with quality and quantity within the specified time.”Guan chao said that this time, the commission is different from other things done in the past, because other things will not carry such a great significance.Therefore, not only her, but also the teachers in charge of online teaching and training, acceptance inspection…Everyone has their own pressures, but they all have the same goals.After receiving the hydrangea samples, yarn and text commentary, Guan chao hooked them up according to the text commentary steps and dismantled each step on the original basis.In addition, in order to ensure the timely and high-quality completion of the knitting task, Guan Chao and her colleagues disassembled the knitting diagrams into picture plates and added detailed words before sending them to the “Weaving girls” group.For weaving standards, Guan Chao will emphasize many times, because of quality and quantity is very weight – as handicrafts, acceptance standard error is about 0.5 cm.”All the training and learning is almost online. When we trained the Zhinv, we realized that some of them were deaf and decided to change to text communication.”According to Guan, the initial material distribution and finished product recycling were carried out simultaneously. In early October 2021, the center sent out some wool threads for the “Zhinv” to try weaving. After receiving the finished products in late October, after two or three modifications, the quality of the “Zhinv” crochets became higher and higher.”This is not only a highlight for us as Zhinv, but also the closest our knitting skills have come to the Winter Olympics. We are really excited.”Guan chao said that when encountering difficulties, he thought that the bouquet would be held in the hands of the world champion, or even taken home by him to keep forever. He felt that what he was doing was very meaningful. No matter how big the difficulties were, he would be able to overcome them.In order to complete the task on time and in good quality, Guan contacted Li Hongyu, deputy secretary of the Party general Branch and president of the Women’s Federation of Liangzi Village, a new town in Binhai New Area, and asked her to select some students to make a batch of bouquets with very high standards.At this time, Li does not know the future flowers will be used for the Winter Olympics medal ceremony due to confidentiality reasons.After getting the production videos, diagrams and material packs, Li hongyu and 24 of them tried knitting and sent samples for inspection.”We received a large order, but the requirements were very strict, requiring the reciprocal error of each petal to be measured in millimeters.”After passing the inspection, Li said, her team received orders for 1,563 hydrangeas, 7,624 bay leaves and 731 Chinese rose and 6,203 florets, only then did she know what the flowers were for.”Crochet flower, also known as crochet flower, is different from the traditional flat crochet flower, but skillfully crocheted by using all kinds of wool. The flower has distinct layers, fluffy texture and strong three-dimensional sense. It looks like flowers and can achieve the effect of distinguishing fake from real.”Li hongyu said there are also some difficulties in the knitting process. For example, the leaves need to stay upright and the silk should not be tilted, otherwise the leaves will be biased.For hydrangea, each flower has to be well embroidered and then put together, and the whole process needs to be very delicate to make the flowers in their best condition.”The 24 weaving girls, all of whom have no income or are disabled, support their families by providing flexible employment through weaving.Without affecting housework and taking care of the elderly, the average monthly income can reach about 1,300 to 1,800 yuan, “he said.Li hongyu said that because of the huge amount of work, she and 24 other “weaving girls” spent more than two months knitting knitting flowers with finger temperature.In the initial learning of knitting, there was a member of the team whose finished bouquet weaving was almost zero, which not only didn’t get paid, but also hit her confidence. The member was suffering from illness and family difficulties.Li Hongyu saw it in her eyes and remembered it in her heart. In order to encourage her to continue to stick to it, she led her sisters to complete all the more than 80 unqualified bouquets she knitted and passed the acceptance smoothly.After this incident, the handcraft workshop sisters have a stronger sense of teamwork, we twist into a rope, toward the same goal.This player is now the nucleus of the team.This year is a special New Year’s Eve for the weaving girls.”When we knew these bouquets would appear in the medal ceremony of the Winter Olympics, we were so excited that we didn’t think we could make a contribution to the Winter Olympics. We all said we must watch the Winter Olympics to see the fruits of our labor appear in the medal ceremony of the Winter Olympics.”Li hongyu said that they also saw the final shape of the complete bouquet for the first time after the release.(Jinyun News reporter Guo Qiang)