Our cooperative is composed of three generations of women working together. The women work part-time from their homes and take care of their families, household and fields at the same time.
Based on the centuries-old model, friends of the artisans come to help with production and the artisans then distribute income based on time spent working. This way, all work gets done in a timely manner and income is distributed through the artisans' family and friends.
Then friends come together, they naturally sing while working. Sometimes the artisans sing songs composed by their village song master. More often, they make up words and tease each other in long conversational songs. Just imagine singing to your friends instead of talking.
The first round of production has been created by Wu Mengxi, Wu Huazhuan, Wu Xuemei, Wu Xihua, Wu Dehua, Wu Luqian, Wu Lianjian, Duan Caiyun,Wu Xiangfan, Wu Yinnong.
Wu Mengxi is a mother of five sons and a corrageous widow. As only two children were allowed to farmers, her family had to pay a high fine for the additional three sons. They were also never eligible for land when they reached adulthood. Her husband died when she was only thirty nine. Still, she managed to raise her sons and send them to school. Now in her mid sixties, she still takes care of the family fields and takes care of her grandchildren. She also takes up seasonal jobs like sidewalk construction, moving heavy flat stones, or gathering garbage. We are hoping that with income from making the products, she will be able to give up these side jobs up to make comfortable living.