Porcelain-bodied Bambooware is a unique traditional handicraft in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, it is also a special product of Sichuan Province. It is made of crystal clear porcelain and woven with bamboo wire. It has always been known as the “Flower of Oriental Art”. Bamboo weaving products with porcelain bodies have unique technology, which is characterized by a fine selection of materials, close-fitting of bamboo weaving to teacups, ingeniously hidden interface of bamboo, and colorful patterns. Porcelain-bodied Bambooware needs more than ten processes, with unique skills, and is famous for its fine workmanship.
Porcelain-bodied Bambooware originated in the Qing Dynasty. Due to the high difficulty of production, it was only used as a royal tribute when it was founded. Due to the changes of the times, the cultural transfer, and the compilation technology, several dynasties have gone through several times of exile. After the exploration and exploration since modern times, they have gradually resumed production and gradually emerged in the world. In 1916, porcelain bodied bamboo handicrafts won a silver medal at Panama International Expo. After the founding of the people’s Republic of China, porcelain bodied bamboo handicrafts, as a representative of Chinese cultural characteristics, participated in many foreign exhibitions, won many awards, and was presented as gifts between national representatives. It was listed in the “national intangible heritage list” in 2008. Since the end of 2014, the naturalist has tried to cooperate with local craftsmen in Sichuan Province to launch a series of Porcelain-bodied Bambooware, combining with traditional crafts, and injecting more details and beauty into life.
Combination of porcelain and bamboo
Porcelain and bamboo play an important role in the quintessence of China. People have been exploring and trying these two representative forms of culture and art. At last, in the late Qing Dynasty, Zhang Guozheng, a person from Chongzhou, Sichuan Province, realized the perfect combination of the two, which further improved the bamboo weaving skills.
The weaving procedure of porcelain bodied bamboo weaving crafts is relatively complex, which basically includes the technological process of starting from the bottom, turning over the bottom, turning over the top, locking the mouth, etc. It must be carefully made by experienced craftsmen.
The joints of bamboo wires are round and harmonious, and there are basically no mistakes in twisting and stacking. The bamboo wires are coherent and compact. Bamboo weaving has an important research value in the formation of aesthetic feeling in weaving and decoration, as well as in aesthetics and arts and crafts. With people’s pursuit of spiritual culture, the economic value of bamboo weaving with porcelain body is getting higher and higher.
In English words, the word “China” represents two basic meanings in the interpreter, namely “China” and “Porcelain”. People praise porcelain with the words “white as jade, bright as a mirror, thin as paper, sound as chime”, which is undoubtedly highly praised by researchers and admirers. It is obvious that porcelain is a special cultural product in China, and also one of the best traditional crafts in China. To a certain extent, it represents the profound history and culture of Chinese arts and crafts.
Bamboo, as the representative of tenacity, has always been loved by scholars and endowed with the character of a gentleman. Bamboo is tall and clean, bamboo silk is thin and tough, weaving simple and elegant patterns.
Flexible and slender is the growth characteristic of bamboo, which makes bamboo full of creativity. Folk artists use the characteristics of bamboo to create a variety of works of art. Bamboo porcelain is one of them. It is loved by people of different classes because of its exquisite technological characteristics and aesthetic value. The porcelain has the fragile characteristics of ceramic handicrafts, and with the flexible bamboo as the outer cover, there is an important protective film for the porcelain, more packaging with artistic value. In essence, they complement each other and form unique characteristics. Bamboo weaving has been developed for nearly a thousand years, with a long history and culture, complex production technology, and exquisite patterns, which makes it unique in connotation and character, highlighting the culture and integrity of bamboo.
The technological beauty and value of porcelain bamboo weaving
The difficulty of porcelain bamboo weaving lies in the fact that the bamboo silk is so thin and weak that it has no strength. If we want to make it follow the trend and achieve the effect of a perfect fit, we should not only have some insight into the scale of force application but also concentrate on one thing as the Buddhist monks do when sitting in meditation, otherwise it is easy to make mistakes. In fact, every piece of bamboo weaving with a porcelain body is a practice of abiding by quietness. Contrary to the excessive demands of urban life and the dislike of the new and the old, handicraft conveys a calm and peaceful attitude towards life, condenses people’s accumulated wisdom crystallization, and also preserves people’s emotional connection with the local and natural.
After a long history of flowing and years of accumulation, with the efforts of generations of craftsmen to explore and inherit the development, bamboo handicrafts gradually beautify from folk daily necessities and are appreciated by everyone, becoming an important handicraft in people’s life. Bamboo handicrafts have been used for a long time for people to watch and use. Some exquisite and exquisite high-end products have been collected and played by royal nobles. Bamboo weaving technology is diversified, modeling is rich in national characteristics, decorative patterns have a sense of form and rhythm, with a strong sense of the unique aesthetic characteristics and value of national culture. With the development of social culture and the improvement of people’s aesthetic standards, the demand for spiritual culture, and the demand for technological products increases. The technological products with technological value and historical background, such as bamboo ceramics, gradually expand their market share and will be loved by more consumers and collectors.