crafts and products

China boasts a wide variety of arts and crafts known for intricate pattern, excellent craftsmanship and rich cultural connotations. With the evolvement of thousands of years, many traditional crafts have been handed down to the present day and serve as the embodiment of Chinese people’s aesthetic value and auspicious wishes. The making of traditional crafts involves the use of special materials, elaborate design and excellent workmanship to produce works with elegance and meaning. For some master artisans, making sure that his or her skills are conserved within the family is very important, so only the offspring of the artisan could learn the required skills.

 Chinese traditional crafts are multiform. Here we introduce some of the most popular ones in China. They are not only a vivid reflection of Chinese culture, but also the embodiment of the country and its people.

 

  • paper cutting: Chinese paper cutting, or Jian Zhi in Chinese pinyin, is a traditional Chinese art form that has been practiced since at least the 6th century BC. It is one of the most popular decorative handicrafts in China, with artistic values and cultural implications. Red, which is the symbol of happiness and blessing in Chinese culture, is the most commonly used color. The paper cutting can be made with various materials, such as paper, silver foil, gold foil, bark, cloth, leather or hide. In May 2006, the art of Chinese paper cutting was enlisted into the first batch of intangible cultural heritage by the Chinese State Council.
  • Chinese Knots:
  • Chinese Porcelains:

    Largely regarded as the home of the art of porcelain, China has been making great contributions to the development and evolution of porcelains in the world for centuries.

  • Chinese Kites:

    Invented by the ancient Chinese people, kites have a long history that dates back over 2,000 years. According to legend, the first kite was made by a philosopher Mo Di in the Warring States Period (475 B.C.-221 B.C.) out of wood, and it was initially used for military purposes in order to measure wind direction and send important messages.

  • Embroidery:

    As one of the most traditional Chinese folk arts, embroidery is a generic term for different kinds of patterns decorated on fabrics with needle and yarn, and sometimes with pearls and beads incorporated in the designs as well.

  • New Year Painting:

    New Year painting product of Chinese folk art used to express people’s thoughts and feelings as well as their best wishes for a better life. Its function has evolved from being used for nature worship and God worship to exorcising evil spirits, praying for happiness, and beautifying the environment.

  • Nanjing Brocade:

    As an outstanding representative of ancient Chinese culture, Nanjing Brocade is considered one of the four famous Chinese brocades together with Song Brocade from Suzhou, Shu Brocade from the Sichuan Province, and Zhuang Brocade from the Guangxi Province.

  • Clay Sculpture: Clay sculptures are an ancient form of folk art that uses clay as raw materials. The clay tends to be soft, fine, smooth, and highly malleable, with which the Chinese people use to create different kinds of figurines. They are made purely by hand, and figures and animals are the main themes. Whether the final product is in plain color or full color, they are favored by people from all over the world.
  • Batik:

    Batik is one of the 3 ancient textile-printing techniques in China together with tie-dye and stencil printing, where melted wax (usually beeswax and paraffin wax) is applied to cloth before the cloth is dipped into dyes during the batik process.

  • Silver Ornaments:

    Silver ornaments are favored by many of China’s ethnic minority groups, especially by the Miao community. They often functioned in history as tangible examples of multi-cultural communication, and the main materials were silver coins and silver ingots.