Ma Maoting shows a silver headpiece he handmade in a flashback to ancient times on July 24, 2013. Sixty-year-old Ma is from Huangmaoping village of Xiangxi Tujia and Miao autonomous prefecture in Hunan province. The village has been famous for handmade silver jewelry from ancient times and Ma is the 5th-generation of his family to make a living from their handicraft. It takes nearly 30 steps to make a piece of silver jewelry of the Miao ethnic group. Ma Maoting was honored as heir to Miao ethnic group silver jewelry forging skill in national intangible cultural heritage status in June, 2009.
Ma Maoting uses traditional tools to make fire.
The molds used by Ma Maoting to make silver jewelryThe molds used by Ma Maoting to make silver jewelryThe molds used by Ma Maoting to make silver jewelry.
Using his tools, Ma Maoting processes silver jewelry.