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Gifu Chochin: Japanese Art Print Paper Lantern

Gifu lanterns, or Gifu paper lanterns, are a special product of the city of Gifu in Gifu Prefecture, Japan. History Gifu lanterns have a history of over three hundred years. In 1995, their high level of craftsmanship was recognized with a designation as a National Traditional Craft. The oldest historical documents we can read now… Continue reading Gifu Chochin: Japanese Art Print Paper Lantern

Yosegi: A traditional craft that uses the natural colors of wood to create patterns

Yosegi is a type of traditional Japanese marquetry developed in Edo period Japan in the town of Hakone. Resembling a type of mosaic, yosegi is created through the combination of fine oblong rods of wood chosen for their grain, texture and colour, and is well-known for its intricately patterned nature. History Yosegi Zaiku marquetry, or… Continue reading Yosegi: A traditional craft that uses the natural colors of wood to create patterns

Hanbok: The Hottest Korean Fashion Trend

The hanbok is the traditional Korean clothes. The term “Hanbok” literally means “Korean clothing”. It was established as a part of the unique living culture of Korea, influenced by the geographical and climatic nature of the Korea, and handed down throughout the years to present times. History Hanbok can be traced back to the Three… Continue reading Hanbok: The Hottest Korean Fashion Trend

Traditional Japanese Kimono

The Japanese kimono is one of the world’s instantly recognizable traditional garments. Though kimonos are indelibly linked with tradition in Japan, they have more recently become a cult fashion item around the world. This coincided with a renewed interest in Japanese culture worldwide in the late 1990s. The kimono’s delicate patterns, sumptuous colours and striking… Continue reading Traditional Japanese Kimono

Jingdezhen Porcelain: One of the Best Chinese Porcelain

Jingdezhen Porcelain is the most well-known type of Chinese porcelain, originating from Jingdezhen city, Jiangxi Province in southern China. It is characterized by fine quality, graceful shapes and elaborate patterns, representing the classical ceramic art all around the world. History Jingdezhen may have produced pottery as early as the sixth century CE, in whose reign… Continue reading Jingdezhen Porcelain: One of the Best Chinese Porcelain

Su Embroidery: The Art of Silk

Su embroidery (su xiu) is the most celebrated of the four main styles of Chinese silk embroidery, hailing from Suzhou and surrounding towns of Jiangsu province. Renowned for its subtle and refined needlework, Su embroidery is praised for its use of the finest threads, balanced compositions, dense stitching and smooth finish. History Su embroidery originated… Continue reading Su Embroidery: The Art of Silk

Miao Batik: the blue wax printing

Batik fabric making, which uses wax to dye cloth in intricate patterns, is widespread throughout China and Southeast Asia. But batik has also been a part of Miao culture for about 2,000 years, and is listed as one of China’s Intangible Cultural Heritages. History According to the Book of Later Han, which covers the Eastern… Continue reading Miao Batik: the blue wax printing


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