Visiting China Online: The Imperishable Grace – Jiangsu Intangible Cultural Heritage

Blue Calico

Blue calico is a traditional hand-dyed handicraft in China, which has a history of more than 1,000 years. It was selected as the National Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2006. Simple blue and white colors create an ever-changing artistic world. Nantong is one of the main producing areas of blue calico in China. Wu yuanxin is a master of Chinese arts and crafts and the curator of Nantong Blue Calico Museum . You can buy beautiful blue calico scarves and handbags as gifts for your family and friends.

Nanjing Brocade

Nanjing Brocade is a traditional Chinese silk handicraft. Its color is bright and beautiful, as beautiful as the clouds in the sky. Nanjing Brocade was selected into the representative list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Human Beings in 2009. You can visit the Nanjing Brocade Museum for a full look.

Suzhou Fruit Pit Carving

People could carve on the fruit pit. Suzhou fruit pit carving is this kind of art. Characters, landscapes, vegetation, pavilions carved on fruit pits are extremely lifelike. Lu xiaoqin is a inheritor of National Intangible Cultural Heritage(Guangfu Fruit Pit Carving). Her carving works are highly skilled, carrying forward the traditional Chinese culture.You can visit her studio in Guangfu town, Wuzhong district, Suzhou city.

Yixing Purple Clay Teapots

Yixing City, with beautiful scenery and pleasant climate, is famous for producing purple clay teapots. Ji Yishun is a master of Chinese ceramic arts. His work not only inherits the exquisite traditional skills, but also embodies the ancient cultural breath. Jichang Garden—purple clay teapots art gallery, founded by master Ji Yishun, is located in Dingshu Town, Yixing City. You can visit it if you have a chance.

Yangzhou Lacquerware

Yangzhou Lacquerware is one of the traditional craft varieties with Chinese characteristics, which has complete craft, exquisite skill and unique style, well-known both at home and abroad. Its products mainly include all kinds of screens, cabinets, tea sets, etc. In 2006, Yangzhou lacquerware was listed in the first batch of National Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists. Zhang laixi is a representative inheritor of lacquer craft. His works are highly skilled, meticulous and vivid. A rich variety of lacquerware can be bought near Dongguan Street, Guangling District, Yangzhou city.

Su Embroidery

Su embroidery is one of outstanding traditional crafts in China, among which Zhenhu embroidery is the most famous. On May 20, 2006, Su embroidery was listed in the first batch of National Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists. Yao Jianping is a representative inheritor of Suzhou embroidery. Her works are lifelike and have been presented to leaders of various countries many times as national gifts.

Su Fan

Fan making technique is one of the traditional local handicrafts in #Suzhou, Jiangsu province, and is also one of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the country. Su fan is a specialty of Suzhou, which is famous for its elegance, delicacy and artistic features. Sheng chun, master of Chinese fan making technology, founded the brand ” Sheng Feng” Su fan. The fan she made is recognizable and exquisite.

Green Bamboo Carving

Green bamboo carving is one of the traditional handicrafts in Changzhou and one of the most difficult ones. The engraving method requires leaving a layer of bamboo on the surface, in order to create a sense of light and shade and more three-dimensional space, after bamboo undergoes a special preparation process. Unique style makes the artworks perfect for gifts, ceremonies, art galleries and museum collections. According to legend, Changzhou people once used materials such as mahjong cards and other common objects for bamboo carving; Nowadays, there are 5 famous bamboo artists in Changzhou.

Changzhou Hair Combs

Changzhou is famous for its hair combs, a famous local craft with a history of over 1,500 years and even favored by the royalty and in imperial palaces. Recently, Changzhou comb craft placed among the representative intangible cultural heritage items at the national level. Bravo!

Nanjing Gold Forging

Nanjing gold forging is an outstanding representative of traditional craftsmanship. According to the story we heard from old artists, the earliest goldsmiths in Nanjing were opened by people from Longtan. The earliest record of gold foil production is the text from the time of Ming Dynasty, but this tradition remained until today: all the temples in China are decorated with Nanjing gold, as well as Chinese World Hotel in Moscow, Royal Palace in Thailand, Archway in Osaka and many other buildings across the globe that are important for Chinese culture and religion.

Jiangnan Sizhu

Jiangnan sizhu is a style of traditional Chinese instrumental music, generally considered to be a folk tradition typically performed in informal gatherings, often at tea houses, but also performed by large ensembles of traditional instruments in fully scored arrangements. As the instrument strings are traditionally made from silk and the flutes are made from bamboo, Sizhu (meaning: silk and bamboo) refers to traditional Chinese chamber music made up of stringed and wind instruments. Many famous musical genres in the area south of the Yangtze River are influenced by sizhu music and the repertoire and style follow tradition, although new music is also composed.

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China Cultural Centre in Sydney

Jiangsu Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism