Timeless allure of block engraving
2018-02-15 11:03:00


Jinling engraved block printing originated in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), dating back to 1,300 years ago. It was listed as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009.

This traditional technique is very complex with profound cultural and technical content. Within the three major procedures of engraving, printing and binding are more than 20 detailed processes such as sampling, lettering, inking, rubbing, paging and others.

Founded in 1866, Jinling Buddhist Scripture Publishing and Study Center is a well-known organization for its commitment to the Buddhist culture. It completely preserves the ancient technique of woodblock printing in China and is a publishing center for Chinese Buddhist scriptures in wood form.

"Textual contents are selected based on a set of strict guidelines and are typeset in a style that is easily legible. The engraving and printing are especially exquisite and superior quality of paper and ink are used,” said Deng Qingzhi, provincial-level inheritor of the intangible cultural heritage.

Source:jschina.com.cn Editor:Dylan