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甘肅面塑藝術家致力于傳承工藝

Dough sculpture artist in Gansu devotes herself to inheriting the craftsmanship

發布于:2022年04月27日 | 轉載自:人民日報英文版

Li Siyao, an inheritor of the intangible cultural heritage of dough sculpture, makes a dough sculpture in the ancient town of Qingcheng, Yuzhong county of Lanzhou, northwest China’s Gansu Province. (Photo/Wei Tao)

Li Siyao, an inheritor of the intangible cultural heritage of dough sculpture from northwest China’s Gansu Province, has been devoted to carrying forward this unique form of craftsmanship.

Li’s family has been engaged in dough sculpture for three generations and has a workshop in the ancient town of Qingcheng, Yuzhong county of Lanzhou, the provincial capital. The family’s dough sculptures enjoy a high reputation in the locality and are known as “three-dimensional paintings and silent opera.” Thanks to the influence of her family, she has been obsessed with this handicraft from a young age.

The making of dough sculptures starts with making the dough using flour, glutinous rice flour and glycerinum. Then, the dough is moulded into different shapes such as flowers, birds, fishes, or insects, either by hand or with the use of particular tools. It is an ancient folk art that can be traced back to the days of the Han Dynasty (202 BC – 220 AD).

Photo shows a dough sculpture of Li Siyao. (Photo/Liu Yanling)

Aside from making dough sculptures, she usually brings her work to local folk culture festivals in order to introduce the handicraft to tourists and to share this aspect of local culture with them.

As local tourism thrives, dough sculptures have become popular souvenirs, which reflect local culture, or people’s pursuit of a better life. “Dough sculptures used to appear in ritual ceremonies in ancient China, but today, they are starting to become collectibles and toys,” said the artist, adding that the content of the artworks has also changed.

原文地址:http://en.people.cn/n3/2022/0426/c90000-10089602.html

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