'One rattan': A living symbol of Hehe culture in Tiantai Mountain

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2019-02-19

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Integrating Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism culture elements, "one rattan" is a living symbol of Hehe culture in Tiantai Mountain, also known as "Hehe rattan". [Photo/WeChat account: heherenjian]

"One rattan" originated from the late Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and the early Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). It is a unique traditional wooden craftsmanship technique of Tiantai county in Taizhou, Zhejiang province.

Using wood strips of different lengths that are put together with mortise and tenon joints, the strips are then looped and twisted into different patterns without beginning or end, which symbolizes wishes for progeny and harmony. It is named "one rattan" because it is shaped like the rattan palm trees in the mountains of Tiantai county.

Integrating Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism cultural elements, it is a living symbol of Tiantai Mountain's Hehe culture, which can be translated as harmonious culture, and is also known as "Hehe rattan".

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