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Folk Art & Craft

Chinese folk art are artistic forms inherited from a regional or ethnic scene in China. Usually there are some variation between provinces. Individual folk arts have a long history, and many traditions are still practiced today.

Deeply rooted in agriculture, people's daily life and rituals are inevitably connected with nature, the surrounding landscape, and the various captivating tales told from one generation to another about the origin of the world, mankind, and mythological beings that once roamed the earth. The handicrafts and objects created by the common folks for everyday use are thus a combination of practicality and local customs, traditions and beliefs.

Being a vast and diverse country with over fifty minorities groups, China is homeland to a myriad different types of folk handicrafts. Chinese folk art can be broadly divided into costumes and embroidery, papercuts, New Year woodcut prints, toys, wood carvings, pottery, paper-mache and dough figurines, masks, batik and fabric dyeing, weaving, architectural ornaments, shadow puppets, lacquer, and jewelry.