Foshan Daily 2017-05-08
(Liang Zhu and his Gambiered Canton Gauze)
Having been engaged with Gambiered Canton Gauze from the early days and now finding out the technique of “three times wash, nine times boil, eighteen times dry”, Liang Zhu has spent decades intertwining with Gambiered Canton Gauze. In 2015, Liang Zhu who was already over 80 years old invested tens of millions of yuan to take part in the construction of Guangdong Gambiered Canton Gauze Cultural Industrial Park which integrates protection, research, production, display and tourism. And it is believed to remake the glory of Gambiered Canton Gauze again by means of the industrial chain optimization.
Improve the technique and keep the fame of Gambiered Canton Gauze
The beautiful and delicate Guangdong Gambiered Canton Gauze Museum is located under the Daliang River Bridge near the river. There are many exhibits in the exhibition halls, including the illustrations of the production of Gambiered Canton Gauze and exquisite costumes made of Gambiered Canton Gauze. This museum gathers the fruit of Liang’s painstaking effort of the past three decades together, telling the story of him and Gambiered Canton Gauze.
Liang Zhu had become addicted to Gambiered Canton Gauze since he got in touch with it when he was still an apprentice working in a Gambiered Canton Gauze factory about 70 years ago in Shunde Lunjiao. In 1953, Liang Zhu joined the army and changed his careers. When he went back to Shunde in 1979 and out of his obsession with Gambiered Canton Gauze, he gathered local masters to rebuild a Gauze factory. And he also started again to learn the technique to produce Gambiered Canton Gauze and finally optimized the procedures of “three times wash, nine times boil, eighteen times dry”.
Till now Liang’s Gauze factory still keeps the most original technique of Gambiered Canton Gauze. And furthermore in 2008, Gambiered Canton Gauze was listed in the second batch of national intangible cultural heritage and Liang Zhu also became the inheritor.
Innovative inheritance to let more people know about Gambiered Canton Gauze
However, most of the market of Gambiered Canton Gauze is the senior. The problem of how to make more young people know about Gambiered Canton Gauze becomes Liang Zhu’s major preoccupation.
Guangdong Gambiered Canton Gauze Cultural Industrial Park that is co-invested by Liang Zhu and his friends consists of Gambiered Canton Gauze Museum, mulberry park, painting and dyeing workshop, drying diosorea cirrhosa ground, rose park and modern agriculture park and etc. It is a place for visitors to experience how to do mulberry leaf picking and farmland life. Meanwhile, they can visit and know the production of Gambiered Canton Gauze, which is the key to attract young people to be interested in Gambiered Canton Gauze.
When it comes to the revitalization plan of Gambiered Canton Gauze, this over eighty-year-old man is still very ambitious. After the establishment of the industrial park, there will be Gambiered Canton Gauze garment design contests with huge bonus to invite young garment designers to design fashionable costumes with Gambiered Canton Gauze, which is believed to enlarge the popularity of Gambiered Canton Gauze and attract more young people to take part in.
Since the 1980s till now, Liang Zhu has spent almost a lifetime’s savings and painstaking effort on Gambeired Canton Gauze. Although this also results in less time staying with his family, which makes him feel guilty, he still said that firmly, “Since I am the inheritor, I have the obligation to promote and prosper Gambeired Canton Gauze.”