BiYing Ma, a graduate student in Mason’s art management program, wrote a recent article in the Smithsonian’s Folklifemagazine about Chinese fabric dye tradition. Ma wrote the article as part of a virtual internship with the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Ma’s article discusses the artform of blue calico. This handmade, fabric dye is a largely forgotten technique and a specialty of Ma’s hometown of Nantong, China.
Ma’s internship was part of a collaboration between Mason’s Folklore Studies and Arts Management programs. Folklore and arts management students took a two-course sequence on folklore festival management. The courses provided students with project-based learning opportunities in festival management. Students developed an interdisciplinary understanding of festival studies and gained professional experience helping with the online 2020 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
Read Ma’s article here: https://folklife.si.edu/magazine/blue-calico-cloth-nantong-china
November 30, 2020