Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Chinese Knotting

Chinese knotting is an ancient folk art that survived communism and serves as a source of employment for rural folk in mainland China. Although the basic form of knotting remains the same, certain regions of China boast of their distinct patterns. Chinese knots are used as hanging decors but they also serve functional purposes such as buttons and loops for spectacle cases or cell phones. These days, intricate Chinese knots are used as substitutes for chains to hold jade pendents.

A good souvenir from China would be a Chinese knot. The interweaving of the silk threads is also symbolic of unity which perhaps is a reason why these knots are popular during Chinese New Year.

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