Women in China have much less opportunities and freedoms than what has been achieved for American women. If they are poor, they must give up their opportunity to study to work laborious jobs for the family so that the males in the family has the opportunity to study. Tradition tells them that women must be subservient to men, and sacrifice herself for the men in her household.
This is a warrior armor for women, to tell them they too are powerful and capable of anything. Unlike traditional garments for women, this does not restrict movement and provides protection where it is needed.
Made of rattan, a material used in many Asian furniture and clothing items, it is flexible but sturdy.