Yin Liping, a senior inheritor of Chengdu lacquerware craftsmanship, works on a piece with a graver and paint brushes in her office in Chengdu city, Sichuan province, Dec 22, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

Yin Liping, a senior inheritor of Chengdu lacquerware craftsmanship, is working on a piece with a graver and paint brushes in her office in Sichuan province. The craft was named a national-level intangible culture heritage in 2006. Dating back to the Shang and Zhou dynasties (c. 16th century-256 BC), the application of Chinese lacquer is a process that involves more than 100 steps, such as designing, material preparation, decorating, grinding and polishing.

Yin has worked in the field for 45 years-since she was 22 years old-and has been the head of the design department of a local lacquerware company since the late 1980s. She is engaged not just with the creative process but also in passing down the traditional skills to her apprentices.