Clothing the World

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Clothing the World
Clothing the World

Name: Clothing the World
Chinese Name: 天涯织女
Other Names: Tian Ya Zhi Nu, 衣被天下, Yi Bei Tian Xia, A Weaver on the Horizon, 神話織女, Shen Hua Zhi Nu, Mythical Weaver
Year: 2009
Production Company: Chinese Entertainment Shanghai Limited
Country: Mainland China
Director: Li Guoli
Producer: Karen Tsoi
Main Actors: Janine Chang, Yuan Hong, Liu Shi Shi, Edwin Siu, Amy Chan, Damian Lau
Release Date: 2010-08-14
Episode Number: 36
Genre: Romance
Based on: Huang Daopo

Synopsis

The life story of Huang Daopo, a woman who revolutionized the Chinese textile industry.

Plot

Huang Qiao'er was born to a poverty-stricken family. She lost her parents at an early age and was raised by her aunt, who taught her textile arts. While growing up in a weaving mill, Huang developed a close bond with the neighboring dyehouse owner's son, Fang Ning (Edwin Siu), who fell in love with her. Eventually, Splendid Mill's weavers produce outstanding results and earn an opportunity to work in the palace. Through Huang's friendship with the emperor's niece, Zhao Jiayi (Cecilia Liu), Huang is able to gain access to the palace's study, deepening her knowledge of weaving from its collection. However, the weavers become embroiled in a power struggle with the emperor's concubines, as well as a rivalry with the Iridescent Cloud Mill's weavers, who also work at the palace.

While in the palace, Huang falls in love with a young general, Lin Mufei (Justin Yuan), at the expense of her friendship with the princess. Lin also rejects the princess' affections, due to his prejudice against imperial family members' corruption, and in spite of his vows to defend the Song Dynasty. During Lin's absence, Fang Ning's legs are crippled while saving Huang from the corrupt members of the imperial court. Feeling guilty for Fang's plight, and hearing rumors that Lin had been killed in battle at the city of Chuzhou (present day Huai'an), Huang decides to marry Fang. Lin, however, has survived and is heartbroken when he sees the two marry, thus complicating the love triangle between Lin, Huang, and Zhao Jiayi.

Despite Huang Qiao'er's awareness that she cannot be with the man she still loves, due to her marriage to another, she recognizes that being Fang Ning's wife also has its benefits. Her mother-in-law (Cheng Pei-pei) imparts the family's dyeing secrets, which helps her hone her textile skills. However, Fang is aware that his wife still has some feelings towards Lin Mufei. This prompts Fang to become an alcoholic, leading him to repeatedly abuse her. As for Zhao Jiayi, she remains devoted to Lin, and, after learning that he did not die, eventually sneaks away from the palace to search for him. With the help of Lin's mother, Zhao locates him in the city of Changzhou. She claims that she only wishes to be with Lin Mufei in battle, regardless of whether he would ultimately love her or not.

Not long afterwards, the Mongols, who establish the Yuan Dynasty under the leadership of Kublai Khan, conquer the Song Dynasty. After experiencing a series of personal misfortunes and tragedies, Lin is traumatized and decides to focus on protecting Zhao Jiayi, and her surviving clan members, as well as liberating China from the Mongols' tyranny. For four years, while battling their enemies and taking care of one another, Lin and Zhao begin to develop a close bond and mutual understanding. Zhao helps Lin nurse his emotional wounds, resulting from Huang's marriage to Fang Ning and his mother's execution by one of their adversaries. He starts to develop affection towards the princess, when he realizes that there is more to her than her unruly and wayward behavior.

While fleeing from the Mongols' conquest, Huang has a chance encounter with an extraordinary woodwork instructor, Feng Jiujin (Damian Lau), and becomes his apprentice. She ultimately wanders to Yazhou (present day Hainan), where she learns the arts of cotton farming and weaving, and helps the natives improve their textile technology.

After Fang Ning's death, Huang finally resolves the entanglement with Lin and Zhao, by reuniting with them in the city of Hangzhou (former Song capital Lin'an). Huang sadly realizes that she has inadvertently brought two men who loved her nothing but heartbreak, instead of happiness. She consents her blessing to Lin and Zhao of their newfound love for each other. Huang also realizes her dream of revolutionizing the art of textile weaving and manufacturing, for the welfare of her people. With support from her family and friends, Huang becomes an innovator of the Chinese textile industry. After numerous battles against the Yuan forces with Song remnants, the Battle of Yamen officially ends to the Song Dynasty. Lin and Zhao, after enduring these defeats, realize that the enemy is too powerful and not yet ready for the resistance to overthrow. Desiring to get away from the violence and tragedies in their lives, they choose to elope and go into seclusion together.

Lin Mufei and Zhao Jiayi are happily married and return to Hangzhou after spending three years in hiding. By this time, the Splendid Mill and Fang Family Dyehouse have brought in many apprentices and achieved business success, with Huang Qiao'er fulfilling her purpose in life.

Cast and Production Credits

The Cast

Character Actor Voice Actor
Huang Qiao'er 黄巧儿 Janine Chang 张钧甯 Hong Haitian 洪海天
Lin Mufei 林慕飞 Yuan Hong 袁弘 Shen Lei 沈磊
Princess Zhao Jiayi 赵嘉仪 Liu Shi Shi 刘诗诗 Yang Menglu 杨梦露
Fang Ning 方宁 Edwin Siu 萧正楠 Xia Lei 夏磊
Amy Chan 容秀满 Amy Chan 陈秀雯 Fan Churong 范楚绒
Feng Jiujin 风九斤 Damian Lau 刘松仁 (Unknown)
Feng Jiujin 风九斤 (Young) Yao Yichen 姚奕辰 (Unknown)
Fang Daishi 方戴氏 Cheng Pei Pei 郑佩佩 Wei Siyun 魏思芸
Wen Ruolan 文若兰 Tao Huimin 陶慧敏 Huang Ying 黄莺
Tao Qianqian 陶芊芊 Li Qian 李倩 (Unknown)
Hu Xiaomei 胡小梅 Xu Qiwen 徐麒雯 Feng Junhua 冯骏骅
Fang Bao 方宝 Zheng Guolin 郑国霖 Xie Tiantian 谢添天
Auntie Guan 贯大娘 Dai Chunrong 戴春荣 Wuxiang Tong 武向彤
Cheng Nianxiang 程念湘 Han Xiao 韩晓 (Unknown)
He Xiaoyi 贺小薏 Li Jinming 李金铭 (Unknown)
Emperor Song Duzong 宋度宗 Wang Gang 王岗 (Unknown)
Consort Han 韩贵妃 Tang Yifei 唐一菲 Yang Menglu 杨梦露
Consort E 鄂贵妃 Chen Ting 陈婷 Feng Junhua 冯骏骅
Zhao Zhe 赵喆 Zhang Lei 张雷 (Unknown)

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