Using wax as art and silver as ornament

SAN FRANCISCO, March 30, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Guizhou is a place where 38.5 million people live. The multi-ethnic population has lived there harmoniously for generations. For centuries, the people of Guizhou have used their great skills and creativity to produce arts and crafts of breathtaking beauty. They expressed their deep love for this land through painting and sculpture. Guizhou has many traditional arts and crafts. These ancient crafts have been passed down from generation to generation, demonstrations of how people pay homage to the land they love deeply. To let more people know about China’s Guizhou Province, People’s Daily Online West USA Inc specially launched the “Magic Guizhou” series.

The tinkling “Phoenix Crown” is richly decorated with silver flowers. For the Miao people, the essential beauty of an outfit lies in colorful and exquisite clothes and large silver accessories that ring loudly like bells.

Each piece is sculpted and chiselled by skilled goldsmiths. It requires over 30 steps, including filigree weaving, enrobing and polishing, to achieve the glorious and luxurious finish of each little silver jewel. The process of creating each piece is a conversation with the nature of this land that transcends time and space.

Horsetail embroidery is a unique craft that belongs to the Shui people of Guizhou. The threads came from horsetails. Before creating images on the fabric, the embroiderer wraps cotton threads around each horsetail hair. The colorful threads are transformed into vivid images on the fabric. With their needles and threads, the Shui create beautiful images on tiny fabrics in keeping with their traditions.

If we consider the horsehair embroidery of the Shui as an ethereal world sewn on fabrics, the wax dye of the Buyi is the white flower that blooms from the realm of indigo. Wax dyeing, also known as batik, is an ancient craft with over 2,000 years of history. Artisans use white cloth as paper and waxed knives as pens, to create beautiful patterns and images. Once the wax has been applied to the fabric, the fabric is then submerged in a large pot of indigo dye to reveal artistic and vibrant white silhouettes on an indigo background. The ancient fabric dyeing technique is the distinctive artistic charm of the Buyi people.

Beneath the ancient fortresses, the mask makers of the Opera Nuo begin a busy new day in the small streets. They carve wood into ancient heroes. One after another, Nuo Opera masks – a Tunpu specialty – are created by their hands. For artisans of the Dong ethnic group, each piece of wood is a precise measuring tool. They make drum towers erected from the ground without any floor plan. When creativity meets inspiration, anything in the world can be carved from wood or even stone.

Guizhou people have a variety of traditional crafts, they are epics worn on their bodies, and their values ​​are engraved in their hearts. Each craftsman carries his nostalgia for this land and is his most loving expression of this world.

Amy Zhu
Phone: 919.564.8043
Email: [email protected]

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