Handicrafts

Yangzhou Jiangdu traditional filigree craft can be dated back to the Eastern and Western Han Dynasties more than 2,000 years ago. Mr Fang Xuebin is one of the inheritors of Yangzhou filigree craft – a national-level intangible heritage.[Detail]
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A scene from artist Wang Kaiya's series of work entitled The old line of work in the Jiangnan water town.[Detail]
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A lantern making competition was held in Nanjing’s Laomendong historic block on Jan 24. Lele, mascot of the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympics became a hot figure in this competition. [Detail]
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Handicrafts were seen at the 3rd Oriental Artistic Handicrafts Expo in Nanjing International Exhibition Center on Nov. 24, which is the last day of the expo. Varieties of collections and handicfrafts on display had attracted many citizens during the three days. [Detail]
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The mascot of Nanjing 2014 YOG“NANJINGLELE”was put on colorful cotton-padded clothes and hats by staffs of Nanjing Olympic Committee, since winter is around the corner. [Detail]
Yangzhou Lacquerware products and handicrafts are well known both domestically and abroad. The history of the ware can be tracked back to the Warring States Period,2000 years ago,and is a well-known popular gift. The lacquerware products can be used in a diversity of places,like bowls,trays,screens,small decorative boxes,tables and other furnitures. [Detail]
Dongtai Hair embroidery,a handcraft embodied with both antique craft and state-of-the art skills. Whereas until the period in late Qing Dynasty,such wonderful art declined even to disappear,and people can appreciate its splendid charms by the collections in museums. It was not by accident for Dongtai to become the new birthplace of in the"Hair embroidery. Nowadays,such antique oriental art of Hair embroidery marks a new epoch. Dongtai"Chinese Hair Embroidery"won decades of domestic awards,and honors in international expositions and folk art expositions,which catches much attention of high-level executive leaders. [Detail]
Nantong Plate Whistle Kite is the most representative among the South Kite products,originating from North Song Dynasty and is now listed as state intangible cultural heritage. When flying in the sky,the wind blows the whistle and the whistle intonates with the wind,that’s why the kite is called as“Symphony in the air”. [Detail]
The hand crafts made of shell make great souvenirs to take home. [Detail]
Nicknamed Land of Crystals,the county is well known for its reputation in natural crystal production and manufacture,which,with 70% of the national reserve of the precious material,produces 80% China's crystal products. The 4.35-tonne China Crystal King,among the precious collections at the Chinese Museum of Geology,was unearthed in Donghai. Donghai crystal market is doing well and the city is packed with crystal dealers over 10000 daily with some 50000 visitors on a peak day,both domestically and internationally. [Detail]
The bamboo materials for such carving are rather demanding,and the Mao bamboo(Phyllostachys Edulis)with three to five years old in winter time will be the ideal one. A distinguishing feature of the carving is that carving part is only limited on a very thin skin of the bamboo surface. One of the most celebrated and influential masters of such bamboo carving in modern times was Xu Subai,who was reputed as the key representative of Chinese green-retaining bamboo carving circles in the 20th century. Bai Shifeng is skilled in various carving methods,exact composition and subtle carving and is famous for his innovative subjects despite of his old age. [Detail]
It said that when Emperor Yang in the Sui Dynasty visited Yangzhou for three times,a lot of temporary palaces were built here and there to offer recreation for him. The ice blocks were removed away from the pond that was decorated with the brocade patterns mentioned above. The famous poet Du Fu once wrote that“Wash my feet by warm water,and cut paper to call for my fetch”right showed the usage of paper-cut 。 The cleaver folk paper-cut craftsmen cut various patterns with fortunate and wealthy meanings by a knife and some Xuan paper. The ice blocks were removed away from the pond that was decorated with the brocade patterns mentioned above. [Detail]
Yangzhou jade wares have fluid lines and a transparent quality. Shanghai jade wares are made in imitation of ancient style bronzeware. The jade making skills of all these regions have been handed down for many generations and have formed their distinct characteristics over time 。 Chinese jadeware has a long history. A man of virtue considered his jade to be the symbol of his virtue and he took great care not to lose it. Clearly,jade played a very important role in people's spiritual and cultural life during the period. There are many moving historical stories about the jade treasures of the different kingdoms of the time. [Detail]
The high reputation of Changzhou-made combs should be due to its strict material choosing,unique workmanship and high quality. The local handicraftsmen keep emerging out of the old by integrating with the features of daily appliance,artwork and decorations and make Changzhou-made combs become daily-use artware full of national traditions and artcharms. The new products include“Longevity Combs”integrated with functions of appreciation and healthcare。 The heroine in the American movie of Charlie’s Angel always wears a Changzhou-made comb as a brooch. [Detail]
The famed teapots made their first appearance in Europe by way of Dutch traders who recognized the sturdy materials and practical shapes. Unlike Europe□□s Delft earthenware of the era,Yixing pots can withstand rapidly changing temperatures and can hold boiling water without cracking. Authentic purple clay possesses unique properties and are best recognized in the very layers of the earth in which they are created. The price range of the teapots are from a few dollars to thousands of dollars. [Detail]