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"Looking for a Craftsman" Red Sandalwood Carving Skills Non-genetic Inheritance Training Course Held Completion Ceremony

Pubdate:2021-07-20


On July 19, the completion ceremony of the "Looking for a Craftsman" red sandalwood carving skills non-genetic inheritance training course co-sponsored by the Chaoyang District Culture and Tourism Bureau and the China Red Sandalwood Museum and supported by the Beijing Intangible Cultural Heritage Protection Center was held at the China Red Sandalwood Museum.

Ms. Jiang Tingting, Director of Beijing Intangible Cultural Heritage Protection Center, Ms. Du Yang, Director of Intangible Cultural Heritage Protection Center of Chaoyang District Culture and Tourism Bureau, Ms. Chan Laiwa, Chairwomen of the Board of Fuwah International Group and Curator of China Red Sandalwood Museum, famous painter and artist Professor Liu Yuyi and Mr. Chi Chungsui, director of the Beijing Red Sandalwood Cultural Foundation, delivered speeches respectively, congratulating the participants on successfully completing the training tasks as planned and achieving ideal learning results after three months of intense and orderly training. The trainee representatives Wei Jia and Wang Qingjie shared their experiences during the three-month study period, and sincerely expressed their gratitude to the curator Chan Laiwa of the China Red Sandalwood Museum and the instructors, and said that it is the task and desire of every trainee to do his or her part in the inheritance and promotion of sandalwood culture.

In her speech, Director Jiang Tingting paid special tribute to Curator Chan Laiwa because she has done a very great cause, leading our non-hereditary inheritors in inheriting, spreading and promoting the excellent Chinese traditional culture, and the red sandalwood carving technique is a representative item of national intangible cultural heritage. Chan Laiwa, the instructor of the training course, urged the participants to apply the knowledge and skills gained in the training to the future practice of non-hereditary inheritance, to improve the protection and inheritance capacity of the red sandalwood carving skills, and to make new contributions to the inheritance and development of the excellent Chinese traditional culture and make new achievements.


The event was also attended by Chiu Li, director of Fuwah International Group, Chiu Ziwei, deputy curator of the China Red Sandalwood Museum, representatives of teachers of red sandalwood  carving skills, and representatives of teachers and students of the Yu Yi Art Institute of Beijing Normal University. After the closing ceremony, the leaders and the students visited the exhibition of the students' red sandalwood carving works together.

The red sandalwood carving technique comes from the Ming and Qing court craftsmanship, and is mainly used in the production of traditional Ming and Qing court furniture. Its carving techniques incorporate various techniques such as thread carving, bas-relief carving, deep-relief carving, flat carving, round carving, wool carving and perspective carving. The work uses wood as the ground, carved ghostwriting, luxuriant and full composition, strong and unrestrained swordsmanship, and deep and distant pictures. In 2011, the red sandalwood carving technique was listed in the third batch of national non-traditional representative projects.

The training instructor of this course is Chan Laiwa, the curator of the China Red Sandalwood Museum, and the course, materials and tools are free of charge. At the same time, the course also invited many famous experts in the industry, such as Zhou Jingnan, Liu Guosheng, Shi Liancang, researcher of the National Palace Museum, Jiang Xiaomei of the Chinese Academy of Forestry Sciences, Liu Zhenging, the inheritor of the intangible cultural heritage of "Jingzuo", and Li Quan, a famous designer, to teach the art of Ming and Qing dynasties furniture appreciation, wood identification and traditional craft restoration, etc. professional knowledge. Ms. Chan Laiwa, curator of the China Red Sandalwood Museum, has been interested in red sandalwood furniture since childhood and has been studying the art of red sandalwood carving herself for 45 years, and has been committed to cultivating talents in the art of red sandalwood carving. This event has received wide attention from all walks of life since the enrollment information was released on March 15, 2021. After a strict screening process, the organizers finally selected 10 students from more than 100 resumes from all over the country. After three months of learning the art of red sandalwood carving, each student can now basically reach the level of a junior technician in the art of sandalwood carving.

The Chaoyang District Intangible Cultural Heritage Protection Center's "Looking for a Craftsman" training program for non-hereditary inheritors has been held for five consecutive years, with more than 300 trainees and 2,866 hours of training courses. In addition to the training program for inheritors of red sandalwood carving skills, the program also involves the training of talents in nine traditional craft revitalization projects, including Beijing palace patch embroidery, Beijing embroidery, traditional incense making, ancient painting and calligraphy restoration techniques, traditional dragon scale binding techniques, lantern color binding techniques, Filigree-mosaic, traditional cheongsam making, and Beijing lacquer carving, etc. Through scientific and reasonable curriculum and planning, the training program has greatly attracted young people to pay attention to intangible cultural heritage (ICH) and learn traditional crafts, expanded the population of non-heritage inheritors in Chaoyang District, and laid the foundation for the formation of a reasonable echelon of inheritors.

 

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