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New blood and old masters keep qipao dressmaking alive

A handful of tailors in Taiwan still specialise in making the high-collar, figure-hugging garment

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Taiwanese qipao maker Lin Chin-te (right) working with students at his studio in Taipei. Mr Lin is worried that dressmakers will no longer learn his skills and takes on apprentices to pass down his knowhow.

Taipei

IN a quiet workshop in Taipei, three young women meticulously sew and iron under the watchful eye of a master dressmaker with decades of experience in creating the classic qipao.

Lin Chin-te, 74, is among a handful of craftsmen in Taiwan who still specialise in handmaking...

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