Insole Embroidery: Li Ruo Fen 李若芬

Li Ruo Fen is a 65 year old grandmother who makes both shoes and insoles. These insoles are for both boys and girls. Embroidered insoles are said to make people happy. Li Ruo Fen learned this technique from her mother when she was very young. These days she uses a cross-stitch pattern in cotton to embroider images. She tells us her mother’s embroidery which used silk thread was very beautiful as silk is thinner, brighter, and stronger. In the past many adults would buy the insoles. Because it is so time consuming to make them, adults usually wear shoes with embroidered insoles only during wedding ceremonies.