Phase 1: Posing Real Questions

Updated 3 years 1 week ago

In Phase 0 I chose my topic, Textile Production and talked about my journey during Microcampus. In Phase 1 I will be working on finding more information and posing questions on my topic, Textile Production.

What Already Know

My knowledge about textile production is pretty limited because I was looking through the different kinds of inquiry projects and found this topic. I do know that there are different projects inside of the main topic of textile production. For example, in the main topic, textile production, there is embroidery, tie dye, and weaving. I know there there are many ways to make all these things, for example, embroidery there are people who hand sew it on while others use sewing machines, or they would put embroidery on blankets to clothes to art. 

Where did I learn these things

I learned these things from my ayi, cause she would make five feet embroidery art pictures and she would sometimes talk to me about how and what people would do. And I have done some embroidery, and tie dye before and some of the instruction manuals would have a how it started so I was able to learn from making it myself and reading it on the pamphlets. 

What do I want to know about the Topic

There are many things that I want to learn about textile production in general. I would like to learn about how people in Xizhou specifically how they make the different things and how they learned how to. For example, if they learned from their relatives, anyone close to them or even if they were able to figure out themselves. I usually make the different projects from packets and everything is ready to make that day, while I saw and heard that there are people who not only sew their own blanket covers and shirts but are also able to make their own dye, while also able to make it and sell it and then it would be their work even though it would take days or even weeks. 

The second thing that I want to know is what I wrote on top is if they learned from their relatives, anyone close to them or even if they were able to figure out themselves. I would see my ayi who would make these embroidery projects and it would take her months and one day I asked her how she learned how to do it and she told me that she learned by herself. I know that there are classes that teach you how to make designs and pictures with embroidery. But, as I said before when I would even try to make these things I would sometimes fail even though there would be instructions on how to do it. These are the main things that I wonder about when I think about textile production. 

Here you can find some background information that I have found in Phase 3

10 Big Questions (possible answers are in italic, corssed out questions are questions that I am not using anymore)

Since in Phase 3 I found a soild amount of information, I will be thinking of "10 Big Questions" for my project. This list of questions is important because it will serve as the "fuel" or energy source at the beginning of the research process once I reach the village. I have sorted out the questions by the different kinds of Textile Productions (ex. embroidery, tie dye, and weaving).

1. Who/how did they learn how to make the different kinds of patterns and designs?

They learned from their relatives, anyone close to them or even if they were able to figure out themselves.

2.When is the average age when they learn how to make patterns and designs?

I think that It depends on the person, since they could start whenever they want or already learn it from their family, or even not do. 


3. What are the different kinds of types of embroidery and where did they originate  from?

There are four major types of embroidery in China; Su (Shuzhou), Shu (Sichuan), Xiang (Hunan), and Yue (Guangzhou and Shuzhou) and many other types around the world.

4. When was embroidery at its peak?

During the Song dynasty is when embroidery and calligraphy was at it's peak, not only did they use these things daily but, also just as art.

5. What are the different kinds of forms there are in embroidery?

Embroidery is shaped and changed into many different kinds of forms. For example, tapestries, wall hangings, gifts for friends and family that show a meaning to themselves or others. History shows that the Miao people base their designs off of their ancestors crossing the rivers to the south where they will then settle.

Tie Dye or Dyeing:

6. What are the different kinds of things that people would put on the cloths?

In Xizhou, people mostly dye what is popular at that time on their fabrics, like different animals that represent something that they may love or just want to dye. The creators usually change the way they make things to attract tourists to buy their creations.

7.  How many different kinds of designs are there? How many patterns do the people of Xizhou know?

There are over 1000 different kinds of patterns and designs that the Bai people have created to show their customs, what they believe in, their interests, and their many traditions.

8.  What kinds of dyes are there? What kinds do you use?

Before they would usually only make dye's from natural resources , but then developed chemical dyes. Over the years everyone started using chemical dyes instead of natural dyes because the chemical dyes were faster to soak instead of the natural dyes


9.  Where was bamboo weaving originated? Do they use it in their everyday lives?

Bamboo weaving is all around China mostly more in Southern China, while the Yunnan Province is known as the birthplace of bamboo weaving. People in Dali use bamboo weaving in their everyday lives, from mats to toys and even pots.

10. How was weaving passed down and learned? 

Bamboo weaving is passed down not by having someone teach you, but, by an apprentice watching the master fix and make weaving. After a while it was easier to pass it down generation to generation.

Revision of 10 big questions 

1. What are the different kinds of things that people would put on the cloths? (designs)
2. How many different kinds of designs are there? How many patterns do the people of Xizhou know?
3. What kinds of dyes are there? What kinds do you use?
4. At what age did you start learning how to make tie dyes? (To find out the average age of when they learned)
5. Who taught you how to make all these things?
6. Sometimes it is not always made as expected and it is messed up do you still finish on working on it?
7. How long does it take to make tie dye piece?
8. Why do you make these pieces? (Because of money, just for fun, etc.)
9. Do you think that you will be passing on how to make the pieces to your children?
10. In 50 years do you think that there will still be people who make tie dye pieces?

To make sure I have success during my time in Xizhou, I will need to find more information on what kinds of things that they use in Xizhou. The next steps that I will be taking will be in Phase 2, where I will be collecting sources and information on my topic

My name is Jacklyn M. I am 13 years old. I'm really excited to be going to Xizhou for Microcampus. I was born in Newport in Los Angeles, California, and lived in Shanghai for 10 years. I chose to go to Microcampus to learn in a different environment besides just the school. I am now in Xizhou and I will be working on Textile Productions. I can't wait for the adventure ahead of me and for all the ups and downs during this month.