Bamboo carving a cultural legacy of Huangyan,Taizhou
Luo Qisong, an artist of Fanhuang bamboo carving, is carving on a bamboo stem. [Photo/Huangyan TV WeChat]
Fanhuang bamboo carving, a traditional craft with refined sculpturing, elegant modeling, and a bright yellow color, is one of the cultural pastimes in Huangyan district of Taizhou, Zhejiang province.
Originating from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), Fanhuang bamboo carving enjoys a long history spanning over hundreds of years. The art form's inventor was Chen Yaochen, a folk carving craftsman.
As one of the oldest known handicrafts in Huangyan, Fanhuang bamboo carving is seen as being special because the carving is done on the inner lining of a bamboo stem.
Employing primarily the technique of relief engraving, the bamboo can be decorated with various landscapes, flowers, birds, and figures, making the carvings to appear they are made of ivory.
In recent years, Fanhuang bamboo carving has become increasingly popular all over China. In 2006, the Taizhou Fanhuang Bamboo Carving Studio was established in Huangyan district.
An artwork of Fanhuang bamboo carving in Taizhou, Zhejiang province [Photo/Huangyan Fabu WeChat]