CULTURE Ancient papermaking techniques inherited at Chengdu Handicraft Museum


Ancient papermaking techniques inherited at Chengdu Handicraft Museum

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12:13, April 11, 2019

Li Huiping took over the lead position for the Museum’s life sector after quitting her advertising job. She has been working on the workshop to restore ancient papermaking and printing techniques since January. (Photos: VCG)

Her raw materials include bark, bamboo pulp, wood pulp and knives.

“The first gunpowder was made in Chengdu, and I decided to restore the traditional skills of papermaking and printing in the same city to pay tribute to the wisdom of our ancestors,” said Li.

She was born in the 1970s, and has been living next to paper mills in the county town in her childhood.

In recent years, she has collected and compiled a large number of traditional movable characters, and combined ancient papermaking with letterpress, engraving, and stencil design and printing to practice the traditional culture in her own way.

Li works on her yearly project of hand-made rice-paper by adding Chinese alpine rush to enhance its quality.

Slowing down in the life sector at the museum, Li is able to process with a sense of ritual. She finds it important and worthwhile spending more time and energy on her works.

"We are not going to go back to ancient times, but we can let our young people and children use their wisdom to draw inspiration from nature and discover them from heritage everyday with perseverance,” Li said.

New team members now join Li and they are creating more cultural innovation products and put them online to meet the demands of consumers. (Compiled by Dong Feng)

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