2021-09-12

Fujian traditional bamboo weaving skills at fingertips: seventy-year-old craftsmen hope to inherit

By yqqlm yqqlm

China News Service, Ningde, September 12 (Li Kun, Huang Lu) “People often say that slow work leads to meticulous work. It is slow work and meticulous work, and you can’t make money. Now many people don’t do it, and no one learns. “For the inheritance of bamboo weaving skills, Li Fuqing, who has been dealing with bamboo for a lifetime, is deeply worried.

The building basket is a bamboo woven gift basket that is stacked one by one and carried away. The design is exquisite, the shape is vivid, and the production is fine. In the old days, from weddings and funerals, birthday pilgrims, to daily events, every household in Jiaocheng District, Ningde City, Fujian Province could see it.

Fujian traditional bamboo weaving skills at fingertips: seventy-year-old craftsmen hope to inherit

The picture shows Li Fuqing preparing the building basket. Photo courtesy of Rong Media Center, Jiaocheng District

In Qinhou Village, Shihou Township, Jiaocheng District, there are rich bamboo resources in the village. Villagers are good at using bamboo to make dustpans, bamboo baskets and other daily necessities. Among them, the craftsmanship of the basket is particularly exquisite.

In a courtyard in the village, the 71-year-old traditional bamboo weaving artist Li Fuqing has a workbench full of bamboo strips, hand pliers, saw blades, nail boards and other tools, and several woven gift baskets beside him The samples carry words such as “Flower and Full Moon”, “Family Reunion”, “Auspicious Ruyi” and so on.

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The picture shows Li Fuqing’s hands and bamboo silk. Photo courtesy of Rong Media Center in Jiaocheng District

Li Fuqing takes a piece of bamboo, splits the bamboo with a stick knife, removes the middle bamboo joints, cuts the bamboo into uniform pieces, and then separates the bamboo skin and cuts it into green strips. , Subdivided into bamboo silk.

“A piece of bamboo must be divided into thin and thin pieces to make good things.” Li Fuqing held the knife in one hand and moved the bamboo strip with one hand. One piece was about 3 mm wide and less than 1 in thickness. The millimeter bamboo silk is easily pulled out.

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The picture shows Li Fuqing weaving the words “2021”. Photo courtesy of Rong Media Center, Jiaocheng District

As a child, Li Fuqing came into contact with bamboo weaving under the guidance of his uncle, and went to Fuzhou to learn art when he was 16 years old. After that, he spent many years walking in counties and cities in Ningde City, earning a living from bamboo weaving craftsmanship.

“Bamboo weaving is a delicate work, very sophisticated skills, no difference in the slightest.” Li Fuqing said that the preparation of a basket requires material selection, bamboo breaking, bamboo repair, strip cutting, strip cutting, plate making, and basket making. Knitting and other processes; knitting and cover are the most cumbersome, with more than 20 processes such as basket bottom, basket corner, folding mouth, weaving basket cover, anti-handle, and painting and painting.

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The picture shows the word “happy” on bamboo woven products. Photo courtesy of Rong Media Center, Jiaocheng District

The use of bamboo strips to weave various products with vertical and horizontal warp and weft is an ancient traditional handicraft. Li Fuqing said that an excellent bamboo stick craftsman must be solid in all basic skills and be proficient in everything.

The dyed bamboo strips are matched with the original color bamboo silk to make the bamboo weaving pattern colorful. In the past, Li Fuqing would go up the mountain to pick leaves and use traditional methods to extract plant dyes; as the dye products mature, he now omits the process of self-made dyes.

During the knitting process, Li Fuqing picked and pulled dozens of bamboo threads easily at his fingertips; his hands wandered between the bamboo threads very flexibly, threading, inserting, nailing, and covering. …The scattered bamboo threads were quickly connected into pieces under his fingertips. In less than a quarter of an hour, the words “2021” appeared.

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p >The picture shows the basket made by Li Fuqing. Photo courtesy of Rong Media Center in Jiaocheng District

Li Fuqing said that building baskets of different specifications do not require scales when compiling. It is all based on experience and imagination. You can easily compile them with a little idea. The edge of the basket is painted with red paint, which symbolizes joy and good fortune.

Because of his outstanding craftsmanship, Li Fuqing became a famous folk bamboo stick craftsman in Jiaocheng. However, with the popularity of plastic products and metal products, many bamboo woven products are gradually eliminated from the market, and Li Fuqing’s bamboo woven products are basically only gift baskets.

He said that occasionally someone came here especially to customize bamboo weaving products, or stopped to admire the bamboo weaving craftsmanship, and took a photo or two of his bamboo products, “This makes me very satisfied.” End)