Zhejiang Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism

Three Chun’an Intangible Cultural Heritage Items Selected

Recently, the Hangzhou Municipal Bureau of Culture, Radio, TV and Tourism and the Hangzhou Municipal Bureau of Economics and Information Technology have jointly researched and selected demonstration projects with a good inheritance foundation and certain development prospects. Among them, a number of provincial and municipal intangible cultural heritage projects in Chun’an have been selected.


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Now, we will take you to understand the unique charm of some traditional technique projects in Qiandao Lake~


Qingxi Dragon Inkstone Making Technique (Provincial Intangible Cultural Heritage Project)


Because Chun’an was once known as “Qingxi”, and the inkstone was made of “chiseled stone” from Longyan (Dragon Eye) Mountain in Weiping Town, it was called “Qingxi Dragon Inkstone”. The carving technique of Qingxi Dragon Inkstone is taken from She Inkstone (one of the Top Four Inkstones in China) on the one hand, and on the other hand, it has extensively absorbed the Chun’an folk brick, wood and stone carving techniques. The works are mainly composed of patterns of animals, flowers and figures, with simple composition and strong three-dimensional effect, which can be called a unique folk art in Chun’an. Qingxi Dragon Inkstone is smooth and black and doesn’t dry up when storing water, and the ink it produces is delicate and doesn’t affect the tip of a writing style, which is highly favored by literati.


Badu Linen Embroidery Technique (Provincial Intangible Cultural Heritage Project)


Badu Linen Embroidery is an ancient folk embroidery art mainly distributed in Badu (Wangfu and Pingmen) area in Chun’an. The uniqueness of Badu Linen Embroidery is that the whole pattern is embroidered with only one thread, without any breaks or knots. Each pattern starts from and ends in the center, and the backside has neat lines. The center of the traditional linen embroidery work is composed of four identical patterns, mostly with auspicious patterns of “Longevity (寿)”, “Happiness (禧)” and “Prosperity (禄)”, which symbolize people’s yearning for a better life.


Jiukeng Maojian Tea Making Technique (Municipal Intangible Cultural Heritage Project)

 

Jiukeng Tea originated in the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220 AD), flourished in the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD), prospered in the Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD), and flourished in the Qing Dynasty (1636-1912 AD). It has a long history and is loved for its unique color and fragrance. The tea produced by the unique steaming technique of Jiukeng Tea was regarded as “auspicious tea” by the imperial family. Now Jiukeng Maojian Tea is generally divided into three categories: the one that is harvested before Qingming Festival is called Maojian, the one that is harvested before Grain Rain (6th solar term) is called Yu Qian (雨前), and the one that is harvested after Grain Rain is called Chao Qing (炒青). The Jiukeng Tea farmers basically follow the manual techniques of fixation, rolling, shaping, first-step roasting, and roasting. The Jiukeng Maojian Tea made in this way is plumb in appearance and green in color and it can be called the “four greatnesses” for its green color, fragrant aroma, mellow taste and beautiful shape.