Dongguan traditional handicraft: Chashan silk clothes doll
2022-06-14 20:37     Source : Dongguan Today

The Chashan silk clothes doll: The Four Brothers

In 2018, Chashan silk clothes doll was awarded the seventh batch of representative intangible cultural heritage projects in Guangdong Province. Chashan silk clothes doll is a traditional handicraft of Chashan Town in Dongguan. It originated in the transitional period between Song Dynasty and Yuan Dynasty, developed in the Ming and Qing dynasties, flourished in the Republic of China period and has a history of more than 700 years. The characters of the doll is usually selected from classical novels, opera selections and historical events.

Li Cuiwei, an intangible cultural heritage inheritor, introduced that Chashan silk clothes doll were made to commemorate Wen Tianxiang, Lu Xiufu, Zhang Shijie, and Zha Kaixiang, all of them were the Southern Song Dynasty's patriotic generals. And the work named the Four Brothers, which took Li 45 days to complete, was popular with the local people.

The production process of the doll is complicated. Not only has the process of refining clay, sculpting body, putting on makeup, clothing production, dressing, etc., but it also incorporates the ancient Chinese painting and calligraphy art, including sculpturing, painting, cutting, wearing, wadding with cotton, pasting and other processes, thus it has a high value of art appreciation. Li introduced that as the Chashan silk clothes doll is stereoscopic, each one is purely handmade, kneading with uniqueness.

"I was young when I first met the doll and thought it was amazing. Afterwards, when studied the ancient village, I found that there's records of Chashan silk clothes doll in  the Annals of Chashan Town. I was very happy as if I met with a good friend after a long period of separation", Li added.

Editor: Zheng Sihui
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