'One rattan': A living symbol of Hehe culture in Tiantai Mountain
chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2019-02-19Print Print
"One rattan" is made from wood strips of different lengths, which are put together by mortise and tenon joints. [Photo/WeChat account: heherenjian]
During the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Zhang Wenyu, who supervised the construction of Huangji Palace, Zhongji Palace, and Taiji Palace of the Forbidden City, added the craftsmanship of Weijiao, the skill that changes the right angle to the minor hypotenuse on the original straight line or square, making the lines soft and flexible. It is widely used in house courtyards, doors, windows and furniture in Tiantai county. Although centuries have passed, there are still remnants of original "one rattan" work remaining.
In order to protect, preserve and pass on the ancient wooden craftsmanship, Hehe Culture Park in Tiantai county established an art museum and a workshop for "one rattan" in 2013, collecting more than 500 classic fine works.
It also cultivated inheritors of the craft and developed new techniques that follow modern aesthetic needs. The workshop has developed screens, hanging screens and table screens, and has gradually expanded to housewares such as tea tables.
The "one rattan" hanging screen Wu Fu Lin Men. [Photo/WeChat account: heherenjian]
"One rattan" screens like the Fu Lu Shou Tu, Shuang Shi Xi Qiu, Wu Fu Lin Men and Shuang Die He He, have participated in national cultural industry expos and won gold, silver and other awards in recent years.