Written by Jennifer
|Traditional Chinese art is very
important to China. Folk art is
based off of the daily life. It illustrates all the aspects of
common people. Another Chinese art is clay crafts. They are
beautifully shaped with vivid colors. The history behind it
records the people did it over 600 years ago. Chinese clay crafts
often depict mystical and historic
Figures. Animals and fruit are also popular themes. They
use clay and pulp to make them, then they sundry them. Next they
powder them, paint them and then finally they varnish them.
Traditional Chinese Knots is a kind of folk
art. It was developed around 960 to 1229 A.D. Every knot is
a single rope. Different knots and adornments can be combined to
express different ideas, such as “happiness and longevity”, or “full of
joy”. In modern times, traditional Chinese knots are used for
decorative hangings or they are sometimes seen in clothing.
In China there are two different major kinds of
fans. Folding fans and fans with handles. These fans can be
made with various material.
Including bamboo, feathers, silk, paper, and
ivory. They are
decorated with paintings and with calligraphy. Some are even
powdered with gold. The ones with real gold and real jade would
be associated with people who have great wealth and dignity.
Other techniques of the fan making include polishing, lacquering,
carving, and inlaying. These fans are not only used for daily
living but also as decorative items of artwork.
|GongBi painting is
another of the many traditional
arts. It began 2,000 years ago. It features extravagant and
detailed flowers and birds. An artist who wanted to learn the
technique of painting GongBi had to totally commit himself or herself
to doing so. This was accomplished secretly in royal palaces and
in private homes. Only the wealthy could afford this beautiful
|| The last traditional art
that we will cover is
Chinese Embroidery. One of the oldest found was a map embroidered
on silk fabric. Chinese embroidery is often found at Chinese
weddings. A bride may spend several years embroidering articles
before she gets married. Children’s clothing may be embroidered
with symbols expressing the parents’ good wishes for their child.
The Chinese Embroidery includes very fine and close stitches. It
looks smooth, neat, and glossy. Those are some of the Chinese