Chinese Folk Arts
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Part of the Cultural China Series, this book is a perfect entry for anyone seeking an introduction to Chinese folk arts. It provides an in-depth look at folk arts, undertaking serious discussion of the core characteristics and social context of various forms, as well as an overview of folk artists themselves. The author offers a detailed study of the technical aspects that recur, from structure to color preference. With full color photographs and illustrations.
of Folk Arts 47 The Chinese New Year outdoor gathering in the suburban in the Miao village of northern Guizhou (Chishui, Guizhou). propagation, such as “The moon lantern;” “Baby with coiled hair lantern;” “The eight diagram lantern,” to name a few. In the south of Yangtze River valley, between 1 st-15 th of the first lunar month, people have large gatherings to invite, dance for, and send off exorcists. It starts with going to an exorcist temple to request the mask of exorcist for a baptismal
New Year, a large paper-cut of a red “rotating flower” is pasted in the center of the sky window; and a totem animal in the middle of the 36 lattice, with four corner flowers, making a diamond square “36 lattice windows of clouds.” This is a theme art work featuring perpetual life in residential architecture. The cave door is also fully decorated. The threshold is earth, and the cross bar lintel is the sky. Two raised carving objects in round, rotating pattern on the cross bar are symbols of the
started life on Folk paper-cut “Rat biting open the sky” (Lvliang, Shanxi). earth. Polyspermic plants like gourd, pumpkin, grape, are also symbols of propagation. In art works, their function of producing seeds is what it matters. Therefore, in spite that the seeds can not be seen from the outside, they are still being drawn. Once I mentioned to the women that the pumpkin seeds were not visible, they said, “But pumpkin has seeds.” Then I realized that it was not the gourd, the pumpkin or the
nationwide in the 1980s. Chinese Folk Arts 128 Woodcut New Year Picture C hina is the birthplace of wood block printing, and Chinese woodcut painting, also the earliest ever invented, enjoys high reputation in the world. Woodcut New Year picture is for the occasion of Chinese Spring Festival. It features beautiful art design with bright, delightful colors. It ﬁts the mood of the people longing for a happy life, a fresh start at the beginning of a year and a new cycle of perpetual life.
the Chinese community and has become ingrown in people’s social life. Its all time theme of life and propagation meets the needs in diﬀerent aspects of life, displaying its beauty in a variety of colorful ways. Chinese Folk Arts 34 The Social Context of Folk Arts Birth W hat is the theme of human birth? First it is to know where life comes from; and then to wish that the newborn grows up healthy and strong. Human life comes from mother’s body of the universe, which the Chinese believe is