Brief Introduction to Chinese Folk Arts and Crafts
Posted by: Herzog (IP Logged)
Date: October 12, 2011 12:24AM
As a country with rich ancient culture heritage, China has attracted more and more foreigners for its traditional and unique arts and crafts, which can be classified into special and folk types.
Special arts and crafts, such as ivory carving, jade carving and Shoushan stone carving use precious or special materials, and undergo elaborate designing and processing. They are elegant and expensive. The following are some famous types of special arts and crafts.
It is the ornamentation of ivory by using sharp cutting tools, either mechanically or manually. The major ivory carving centers are Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai. Beijing is mainly famed for ivory carvings of figures of ladies, as well as flowers and birds. Guangzhou is well known for its exquisitely carved ivory balls. Shanghai is famous for its delicate ivory figures. The ivory carvings are exquisitely executed and lifelike. However, the technique of ivory carving is gradually declining for lack of materials.
Jade and stone carving
It takes into consideration the natural lines, luster and colors of jade. Craftsmen ingeniously integrate the colors with the shapes of the art works, fully displaying the glory of nature.
Stone carving is created using various rare types of stone, such as the Shoushan Stone and Tianhuang Stone.
It is a kind of handicraft well known both at home and abroad. The blue glaze produced during the reign of Emperor Jingtai of the Ming Dynasty is considered the best. Created by mounting copper strips and plating gold and silver on the surface of a copper roughcast, it looks resplendent and magnificent. The products include bottles, bowls, and cups used as prizes, etc.
Characteristics of Chinese folk arts and crafts
Chinese folk arts, with a broad mass foundation as well as a long history, contain profound cultural and historical connotations. They can stimulate people's aesthetic sense and appreciative taste. Throughout the ages, Chinese folk arts have had a strong local flavor as well as a national style, different in postures and beautiful beyond appreciation.
In technique, Chinese folk arts fall into the categories of cutting, bundling, plaiting, knitting, embroidering, carving, molding and painting.
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