Mystery in traditional Chinese art 4

Mystery in traditional Chinese art 4

Viewers are drawn into a magic show when an artist cuts two circles from two separate pieces of paper, and when pulled, they overlap seamlessly and form a beautiful shape.

With thousands of years of history, China’s ancient capital Nanjing is known as the birthplace of many attractive traditional handicrafts.

Therefore, today there are not many artisans who make folk crafts and preserve those customs.

Chinese print engraving technique

Jiling Sutra Publishing House is a house built in traditional Chinese style, with a spacious garden.

Nanjing’s art of printing sutras with woodblocks is very elaborate and sophisticated.

Printing in this manual way requires meticulousness and careful refinement.

With the meaning of preserving tradition, this small publishing house has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Paper cutting art

Paper cutting is also one of the Chinese crafts recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2009. Chinese paper cutting is not only folklore but also a part of culture.

The first artists were probably members of the royal court, then paper cutting quickly spread and became folk art.

Mystery in traditional Chinese art

Exquisite paper cutting art in Nanjing.

One of the skilled artisans who still keeps the paper cutting profession today in Nanjing is Zhang.

One of his famous performances is cutting two circles from two separate pieces of paper.

Van Cam Silk

Nanjing brocade (also known as Luc Van Cam) is a type of brocade made in Nanjing, previously only reserved for the royal family.

Mystery in traditional Chinese art

A handcrafted product with delicate motifs on silk in Nanjing.

Van Cam silk is famous for its delicate, elegant and smooth techniques.

Currently, silk production facilities in Nanjing still use old wooden weaving machines, just like people used to use more than 1,500 years ago.

Paper lanterns

At the beginning of the year, artisan Cao Zhen Rong and everyone in his workshop often gather to make more than 10,000 lanterns to serve the Lunar New Year in Nanjing.

Mr. Cao said that since the Southern Dynasty (420-589), in the areas in front of the Confucius temple, along the Qinhuai River, lanterns were commonly used in festivals.

Mystery in traditional Chinese art

The paper lanterns are made entirely by hand.

The art of making gold leaf

Jiangning District in Nanjing is the main producer of gold leaf with output accounting for 70% of the country and 60% of the world.

Mystery in traditional Chinese art

The art of gilding and gold leaf making by artisans in Nanjing has reached a sophisticated level.

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Anh Minh Photo: CNN

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