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Arts and Crafts

China has a long history and glorious history in traditional crafts and arts. The arts and crafts are not only the embodiment of the people's longing for aesthetic beauty for themselves and as gifts for others, but also have won unique good reputations in the history of the material culture of the various nationalities in the world. Many of the master artisans have had their skills handed down via one generation to the next so that only the offspring of such an artisan could learn the necessary skills required. The result being that they are the most valuable treasures both for a family and for the nation. Up to this point in time, the Chinese Government has done a lot to protect Chinese traditions, so that many could have been handed down through generations. And many are sold abroad to an appreciative overseas market.
Of all the Chinese arts and crafts, the most representative are Bronze Vessels, Folk Toys, Embroidery, Calligraphy, Music, Opera, Painting, Cloisonne, Jade, Kites, Lacquer Ware, Paper-Cuttings, Porcelain, Pottery, Seals, and Silk. They are not only a vivid reflection of Chinese culture, Chinese people and the nation itself. They are typical symbols of Chinese traditional culture and reflect the lifestyle and beliefs of Chinese people. Since the gradual formation of the Silk Route, the traditional arts and crafts of China have been introduced in an unfailing way to the Middle East first via the Central Asia and the Western Asia and then to Europe and the five continents and four oceans. Today, the Chinese arts and crafts have developed their own unique styles and forms. They are regarded as an elegant combination of precious or special materials with elaborate designs.

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