Guang zong county calabash township big xin zhuang village to be known by weaving willow, local people call it "dustpan xin zhuang". In 2008, wicker was listed as a national intangible cultural heritage list. The local ingenuity of the wicker artisan constantly innovates the use of willow, weaving them into tea table, sofa and other crafts.
He lifted the grass, and bent down, and entered into the cellar by the entrance of a hole which was only passed by one man. The cellar was about ten square meters, with a small sunroof over the top of it, which was used for daytime lighting and switched to electric light at night. Jiang chaochun is weaving baskets in the cellar. There was no stove or heat in the cellar, though it was warmer than the ground, but it was also cold.
"We're used to doing willow work all year round." "This is similar to a big shed," said jiang chaochun, the 11th generation of liu's family. "it's cool in winter and warm in the winter. It doesn't need a stove. It is made in the ground in the ground to keep the liveliness and humidity." In addition to jiang, there are other people in the cellar, who are talking and talking while working. They are very comfortable.
In the 1980s and 1990s, liu's weaving into a glorious period, the emergence of "every place in the city, everyone will wicker". Now, in a state of affairs, several people work together in a cellar. "There used to be more than 100 underground cellar in the village, and it was bigger than now." But Mr Jiang thinks it is good now, at least more.
In the cellar, there are common tools for making willow, sickle, taper, measuring, hemp rope, line knife, etc. These tools are made by the artists themselves. "No tools, no willow." Jiang said that the size, width and width of these products are all based on the artist's inspiration and experience.
The white wicker wiggles up and down in the hands of jiang chaochun, and every time he hits a horizontal line, jiang will tighten hard in spring. When making up the wicker, also try to be in place, tight, not a bit of gap. Mr. Jiang said the wicker was soaked in water for two hours before being made into a cellar. The cellar is wet and the wicker is not easy to break when weaving. Jiang zhaochun poured water into the basket, and the water didn't leak out. "Our basket and dustpan don't leak, the water is more and more dense."
"Plant willow, make willow." In the village of daxin zhuang village, willow weaving has been practiced for more than 300 years, and has been handed down by family and teachers. Now, the wicker process has formed the center of the great xinzhuang, which is radiating to the surrounding dozen villages. In contrast, the demand for wicker products is reduced. Local wicker craftsmen are making wicker into furniture and crafts to improve their value. Now, the willow weaving process has new products, from the dustpan, basket, the flour used for the eight fights, the women's use of the octagonal box to the sofa, the tea table, the table and so on.
Willows are naturally grown and are not used during growth and production. A lot of people are willing to choose this kind of plant product, this gives us these knitting artistes great strength. We hope to be able to innovate more products, so that the art of the willow can be passed on." "Jiang said. (after)