The intangible cultural heritage people in Mianyang, Sichuan have adhered to the brush making technology for more than 200 years, and the annual sales volume of brush is more than 100000
Mianyang, Dec. 3 (Lv Jie) a purely hand-made brush goes through more than 80 processes, including wool selection, degreasing, cashmere removal and Qifeng, which takes more than 20 days. The production process is cumbersome and boring, but Luo song enjoys it. He has adhered to the Binglin brush making technology that has been inherited for more than 200 years for 23 years
on December 3, it was sunny in Mianyang, Sichuan. Walking into a folk house in Fenggu Town, Fucheng District, Mianyang City, Luo song, 45, the sixth generation inheritor of “Binglin brush making technology”, is cleaning the brush tip in the house
LUO song introduced that the predecessor of “Binglin brush” was “Luo bike” who became famous in the middle and late Qing Dynasty. “In the Qing Dynasty, we were a big family. The whole family was engaged in brush making, collectively referred to as’ Luo bike’.” Luo Song said that Grandpa Luo Binglin devoted all his brush to the brush for 70 years from the age of 15 to his death at the age of 85, which greatly improved and improved the brush making skills. In order to commemorate grandpa’s efforts and contributions, the whole family unanimously discussed and decided to change “Luo bike” to “Binglin brush”
LUO song learned brush making from his grandfather when he was young, and won the true biography of his grandfather. When his grandfather died in 1998, Luo song, then 22, took over the banner of “inheritance”, officially took charge of Binglin pen village and became the sixth generation inheritor of Binglin brush
brush making process “Qi Feng”. Photo by Lv Jie
when Luo song inherited the “Binglin brush making skills”, he did not stick to his own family, visited famous teachers, learned and exchanged with them, learned from each other, and made the “Binglin brush making skills” more rich and perfect with distinctive characteristics. Through unremitting efforts, “Binglin brush making skills” was listed as the protection project of “provincial intangible cultural heritage in Sichuan Province” in 2011, the “Binglin brush making base” was built in 2018, and has been invited to participate in international and domestic exhibitions such as national intangible cultural heritage protection expo and China folk craft Exhibition for several consecutive times
however, the development of brush has not been smooth, and it has also experienced many twists and turns. Luo Song said that in the 1990s, after the popularity of pens and ball point pens, the brush was greatly impacted, and the annual sales volume fell from hundreds of thousands to 12000. In the following 15 years, it has been a downturn in the brush industry. Students do not use the brush when writing, and the school no longer offers calligraphy classes. The brush gradually faded out of the public’s vision. It was not until recent years that the brush began to pay attention to traditional culture at the national level and vigorously advocated the protection and inheritance of traditional culture that the brush ushered in a new development spring
LUO song introduces the brush raw materials. Lv Jie photographed
“in the past, many people used to do low-end brushes. Especially in the downturn, they pressed down on each other’s prices. In the later stage, there was basically no profit space, and everyone changed careers.” Luo Song said that compared with Binglin brushes, they are positioned at the middle and high end, win with quality, and the market is not threatened too much. Although they are at a trough, they can also make profits, This is also an important factor that Binglin brush can continue to this day. Due to its excellent production, after years of accumulation, Binglin brush is also famous and has a lot of repeat customers. Today, Binglin brush can sell more than 100000 pieces a year
“there are some inferior brushes on the market, which dip in ink once to write a word, which not only has a bad feeling of use, but also affects the writer’s interest.” Luo Song said that in view of this, Binglin brush strictly controls the materials and production process, so that each brush can achieve “sharp”, “neat”, “round” and “healthy”. Jianqi Yuanjian is the “four virtues of brush”, which is the standard to evaluate the quality of brush. Tip, that is, the nib is like a cone; Qi means ten thousand milli Qi force; Round, that is, the pen belly is round; Health means that the pen is strong. Such a brush can be perfectly and smoothly transported without holes
in addition to making brushes, Luo song has also been preparing for a major event in the past decade – the establishment of a brush Museum. “Since ancient times, brush, ink, paper and inkstone have been known as the’four treasures of study’, and brush is an important part of inheriting traditional culture. I want to establish a brush museum to display all kinds of brushes, as well as the tools and raw materials for making brushes. I hope more people can understand this traditional skill.”
“My son will be in senior three soon. I plan to teach him a whole set of skills in making brushes after his college entrance examination.” In Luo song’s opinion, no matter whether his son is engaged in this industry in the future, he needs to master this skill, and the whole family can not inherit the painstaking efforts of more than 200 years.
in addition, Binglin Bizhuang has cooperated with Mianyang disabled persons’ Federation since 2014, and has trained more than 100 disabled people who love traditional culture, of which more than 60 have signed home flexible employment agreements with Bizhuang It has also been rated as “Mianyang home flexible employment base for the disabled” and “innovation and entrepreneurship training base for the disabled” by Mianyang disabled persons’ Federation.
“I have been in the base for more than two years, and I can do some simple processes. In good times, I can earn two or three thousand yuan a month.” Wu Chunmei, the disabled, said that it is more meaningful and more fulfilling to learn to make a brush in the base than to stay at home. (end)