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Cultural legacy calls for successors

06-14-2011 09:26 BJT

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The Linshu County of East China's Shandong Province is known as home of China's wicker products. With a history of more than 14-hundred years, the art of straw and willow braiding in Linshu enjoys a national fame for its subtle crafts.

Although the ancient art form is recognized as one the nation's key protective folk skills, willow braiding is still confronting the harsh reality of fading away...

Wicker products in Linshu County are celebrated for their nuanced braiding techniques and adequate durability.

The art form of willow braiding is regarded among the country's over 1000 state-level cultural heritages. Unfortunately a great deal of them are sharing the same lack of successors.

Part of the reason is that many folk arts require a high degree of dexterity and multi-step processes that are very time-consuming. Less and less people of the younger generation are willing to take up the challenge, given they live against the backdrop of a fast-changing society that values more of instantaneous success.

There are around 100-thousand locals engaging in the wicker product-related industry in Linshu County of Shandong nowadays. A majority of the industry practitioners are over age 50. People of the younger generation usually choose to make a living away from their hometown, in pursuit of quicker money.

Experts say a benign cultural environment should be established to encourage the proper development of China's folk arts. And to increase the allowance of skilled craftsmen is another way to protect folk arts from disappearing.

The local government in Shandong has provided a fiscal support for the age-old folk art form. And local wicker product processing firms in Linshu are also working on finding more solutions to tackle the issue by broadening exchanges with foreign companies, a feasible way to march into the global market.


Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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