Chinese history has been documented for more than 3,000 years and has recorded many unique artistic techniques over this long period of time.
These techniques not only express the Chinese embodiment of beauty but also encompass the historical context of China.
The art of knotting is a unique hand-knotting technique of the Chinese people.
The origin of the knotting technique can be traced back to the Eastern Han Dynasty, which is almost 2000 years ago.
In those days, knots were not only a necessary tool in people’s daily lives but also played an important role in recording down history.
According to an ancient text, people used to tie knots to make contracts, and only later did the sages begin using writing as a substitute. Therefore, it can be said that knotting has a place in Chinese history.
In 2018, the knotting technique was listed as one of the intangible cultural heritage items at the municipal level because of its uniqueness in both art and history.
Jiao Ruiji learned the art of knotting with her grandmother since she was a child, and grew up teaching jewelry design.
She later combined knotting with jewelry designing, pairing traditional techniques with modern art to create a new art technique that resulted in many beautiful pieces.
In an interview, Jiao Ruiji revealed that “When we knit jewelry, we also combine the color and shape of the stones to design its pattern; this combination of changes is also part of personal innovation.”
As for the innovative idea of combining knotted rope with jewelry design, Jiao Ruiji shared, “The process of learning the art is very long, and ‘persistence’ is very important.”
This wonderful combination of colorful string and gemstones, created through a pair of dexterous hands, collide and create different art pieces, giving new life to the traditional art of knotting.
This can also be seen as an embodiment of how history is constantly changing and intermingling to create new chapters.
There are still many intriguing aspects of knotting just waiting for the world to discover.
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