On Saturday I met Jesse Liang. She is originally from Inner Mongolia and her family make yurts for a living.
Her mother makes the canvas and the felt materials
and her dad makes the woodwork – the doors, the poles, the trellis, the roof ring.
In the village where they live her Mum and Dad employ 7 people who all make components for the yurt, one of them being the artist who paints the decorations on the door and roof ring.
Jesse than imports them for sale in Britain and we are buying one. I felt delighted that in our small way at Boot Up! we are helping sustain a small artisan industry to keep Jesse’s family and her village in work.