PHOTOS Inheritors of traditional oil-paper umbrella making in Xiangyang Village, SW China

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Inheritors of traditional oil-paper umbrella making in Xiangyang Village, SW China

Xinhua

21:14, July 10, 2019

Photo taken on July 9, 2019 shows tools used to make oil-paper umbrellas in Xiangyang Village of Qiubei County, Zhuang and Miao Autonomous Prefecture of Wenshan, southwest China's Yunnan Province. Zhang Ronghua, 89, and his grandson Zhang Guoqing are the only inheritors of traditional oil-paper umbrella making in Xiangyang Village. Xiangyang Village has an over 400-year history of making handcrafted oiled paper umbrellas with bamboo stands. Made of oiled paper and bamboo frame, oil-paper umbrella is a traditional Chinese handicraft. The craftsmanship includes more than 80 procedures of sophisticated techniques. Other than its utility, oil-paper umbrella is also indispensable in local traditional weddings. (Photos: Xinhua)

Zhang Ronghua makes the skeleton of an oil-paper umbrella in Xiangyang Village of Qiubei County, Zhuang and Miao Autonomous Prefecture of Wenshan, southwest China's Yunnan Province, July 9, 2019. Zhang Ronghua, 89, and his grandson Zhang Guoqing are the only inheritors of traditional oil-paper umbrella making in Xiangyang Village. Xiangyang Village has an over 400-year history of making handcrafted oiled paper umbrellas with bamboo stands. Made of oiled paper and bamboo frame, oil-paper umbrella is a traditional Chinese handicraft. The craftsmanship includes more than 80 procedures of sophisticated techniques. Other than its utility, oil-paper umbrella is also indispensable in local traditional weddings.

Zhang Ronghua makes the skeleton of an oil-paper umbrella in Xiangyang Village of Qiubei County, Zhuang and Miao Autonomous Prefecture of Wenshan, southwest China's Yunnan Province, July 9, 2019. Zhang Ronghua, 89, and his grandson Zhang Guoqing are the only inheritors of traditional oil-paper umbrella making in Xiangyang Village. Xiangyang Village has an over 400-year history of making handcrafted oiled paper umbrellas with bamboo stands. Made of oiled paper and bamboo frame, oil-paper umbrella is a traditional Chinese handicraft. The craftsmanship includes more than 80 procedures of sophisticated techniques. Other than its utility, oil-paper umbrella is also indispensable in local traditional weddings.

Zhang Ronghua makes an oil-paper umbrella in Xiangyang Village of Qiubei County, Zhuang and Miao Autonomous Prefecture of Wenshan, southwest China's Yunnan Province, July 9, 2019. Zhang Ronghua, 89, and his grandson Zhang Guoqing are the only inheritors of traditional oil-paper umbrella making in Xiangyang Village. Xiangyang Village has an over 400-year history of making handcrafted oiled paper umbrellas with bamboo stands. Made of oiled paper and bamboo frame, oil-paper umbrella is a traditional Chinese handicraft. The craftsmanship includes more than 80 procedures of sophisticated techniques. Other than its utility, oil-paper umbrella is also indispensable in local traditional weddings.

Zhang Ronghua checks an oil-paper umbrella in Xiangyang Village of Qiubei County, Zhuang and Miao Autonomous Prefecture of Wenshan, southwest China's Yunnan Province, July 9, 2019. Zhang Ronghua, 89, and his grandson Zhang Guoqing are the only inheritors of traditional oil-paper umbrella making in Xiangyang Village. Xiangyang Village has an over 400-year history of making handcrafted oiled paper umbrellas with bamboo stands. Made of oiled paper and bamboo frame, oil-paper umbrella is a traditional Chinese handicraft. The craftsmanship includes more than 80 procedures of sophisticated techniques. Other than its utility, oil-paper umbrella is also indispensable in local traditional weddings.

Zhang Ronghua tries a finished oil-paper umbrella in Xiangyang Village of Qiubei County, Zhuang and Miao Autonomous Prefecture of Wenshan, southwest China's Yunnan Province, July 9, 2019. Zhang Ronghua, 89, and his grandson Zhang Guoqing are the only inheritors of traditional oil-paper umbrella making in Xiangyang Village. Xiangyang Village has an over 400-year history of making handcrafted oiled paper umbrellas with bamboo stands. Made of oiled paper and bamboo frame, oil-paper umbrella is a traditional Chinese handicraft. The craftsmanship includes more than 80 procedures of sophisticated techniques. Other than its utility, oil-paper umbrella is also indispensable in local traditional weddings.

Zhang Ronghua checks an oil-paper umbrella in Xiangyang Village of Qiubei County, Zhuang and Miao Autonomous Prefecture of Wenshan, southwest China's Yunnan Province, July 9, 2019. Zhang Ronghua, 89, and his grandson Zhang Guoqing are the only inheritors of traditional oil-paper umbrella making in Xiangyang Village. Xiangyang Village has an over 400-year history of making handcrafted oiled paper umbrellas with bamboo stands. Made of oiled paper and bamboo frame, oil-paper umbrella is a traditional Chinese handicraft. The craftsmanship includes more than 80 procedures of sophisticated techniques. Other than its utility, oil-paper umbrella is also indispensable in local traditional weddings.

Zhang Ronghua (R) tries a finished oil-paper umbrella in Xiangyang Village of Qiubei County, Zhuang and Miao Autonomous Prefecture of Wenshan, southwest China's Yunnan Province, July 9, 2019. Zhang Ronghua, 89, and his grandson Zhang Guoqing are the only inheritors of traditional oil-paper umbrella making in Xiangyang Village. Xiangyang Village has an over 400-year history of making handcrafted oiled paper umbrellas with bamboo stands. Made of oiled paper and bamboo frame, oil-paper umbrella is a traditional Chinese handicraft. The craftsmanship includes more than 80 procedures of sophisticated techniques. Other than its utility, oil-paper umbrella is also indispensable in local traditional weddings.

Zhang Ronghua makes an oil-paper umbrella in Xiangyang Village of Qiubei County, Zhuang and Miao Autonomous Prefecture of Wenshan, southwest China's Yunnan Province, July 9, 2019. Zhang Ronghua, 89, and his grandson Zhang Guoqing are the only inheritors of traditional oil-paper umbrella making in Xiangyang Village. Xiangyang Village has an over 400-year history of making handcrafted oiled paper umbrellas with bamboo stands. Made of oiled paper and bamboo frame, oil-paper umbrella is a traditional Chinese handicraft. The craftsmanship includes more than 80 procedures of sophisticated techniques. Other than its utility, oil-paper umbrella is also indispensable in local traditional weddings.

Zhang Ronghua glues the paper cover onto the skeleton to make an oil-paper umbrella in Xiangyang Village of Qiubei County, Zhuang and Miao Autonomous Prefecture of Wenshan, southwest China's Yunnan Province, July 9, 2019. Zhang Ronghua, 89, and his grandson Zhang Guoqing are the only inheritors of traditional oil-paper umbrella making in Xiangyang Village. Xiangyang Village has an over 400-year history of making handcrafted oiled paper umbrellas with bamboo stands. Made of oiled paper and bamboo frame, oil-paper umbrella is a traditional Chinese handicraft. The craftsmanship includes more than 80 procedures of sophisticated techniques. Other than its utility, oil-paper umbrella is also indispensable in local traditional weddings.

Zhang Ronghua makes an oil-paper umbrella in Xiangyang Village of Qiubei County, Zhuang and Miao Autonomous Prefecture of Wenshan, southwest China's Yunnan Province, July 9, 2019. Zhang Ronghua, 89, and his grandson Zhang Guoqing are the only inheritors of traditional oil-paper umbrella making in Xiangyang Village. Xiangyang Village has an over 400-year history of making handcrafted oiled paper umbrellas with bamboo stands. Made of oiled paper and bamboo frame, oil-paper umbrella is a traditional Chinese handicraft. The craftsmanship includes more than 80 procedures of sophisticated techniques. Other than its utility, oil-paper umbrella is also indispensable in local traditional weddings.

Zhang Ronghua prints the cover of an oil-paper umbrella in Xiangyang Village of Qiubei County, Zhuang and Miao Autonomous Prefecture of Wenshan, southwest China's Yunnan Province, July 9, 2019. Zhang Ronghua, 89, and his grandson Zhang Guoqing are the only inheritors of traditional oil-paper umbrella making in Xiangyang Village. Xiangyang Village has an over 400-year history of making handcrafted oiled paper umbrellas with bamboo stands. Made of oiled paper and bamboo frame, oil-paper umbrella is a traditional Chinese handicraft. The craftsmanship includes more than 80 procedures of sophisticated techniques. Other than its utility, oil-paper umbrella is also indispensable in local traditional weddings.

Zhang Ronghua (L) and his grandson Zhang Guoqing make an oil-paper umbrella in Xiangyang Village of Qiubei County, Zhuang and Miao Autonomous Prefecture of Wenshan, southwest China's Yunnan Province, July 9, 2019. Zhang Ronghua, 89, and his grandson Zhang Guoqing are the only inheritors of traditional oil-paper umbrella making in Xiangyang Village. Xiangyang Village has an over 400-year history of making handcrafted oiled paper umbrellas with bamboo stands. Made of oiled paper and bamboo frame, oil-paper umbrella is a traditional Chinese handicraft. The craftsmanship includes more than 80 procedures of sophisticated techniques. Other than its utility, oil-paper umbrella is also indispensable in local traditional weddings.

Zhang Ronghua makes an oil-paper umbrella in Xiangyang Village of Qiubei County, Zhuang and Miao Autonomous Prefecture of Wenshan, southwest China's Yunnan Province, July 9, 2019. Zhang Ronghua, 89, and his grandson Zhang Guoqing are the only inheritors of traditional oil-paper umbrella making in Xiangyang Village. Xiangyang Village has an over 400-year history of making handcrafted oiled paper umbrellas with bamboo stands. Made of oiled paper and bamboo frame, oil-paper umbrella is a traditional Chinese handicraft. The craftsmanship includes more than 80 procedures of sophisticated techniques. Other than its utility, oil-paper umbrella is also indispensable in local traditional weddings.

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