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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

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.


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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