Chu-style lacquer coating art inheritor in central China’s Hunan-Xinhua

CHANGSHA, March 3 (Xinhua) — Chu-style lacquer coating craft took form throughout the Spring and Autumn Time period (770 B.C.-476 B.C.) and the Warring States Time period (475 B.C.-221 B.C.). In the earlier, this oriental craft was mainly used on wood carving artworks and well known for its difficult creating, distinguished types, assorted designs and saturated hues. In 2011, the craft was detailed as a person of the countrywide-amount intangible cultural heritage.

A lacquer coated enthusiast manufactured by Hao Guanxiong is exhibited at his studio in Changsha, central China’s Hunan Province, Feb. 28. 2024.

Hao Guanxiong, born in central China’s Hubei Province in 1992, is an heir of the craft. Fascinated with handicraft and painting since childhood, he was acknowledged by Chinese grasp of arts and crafts Liu Bijian as apprentice. Possessing worked on the craft for around 10 decades, he last but not least set up his individual manufacturer “Xiaojiaoqi” in Changsha of central China’s Hunan Province, aiming to make much more artworks and endorse the craft.

Hao Guanxiong checks a lacquer coated fan at his studio in Changsha, central China’s Hunan Province, Feb. 28. 2024. (Xinhua/Chen Sihan)
Hao Guanxiong would make lacquer coated lover at his studio in Changsha, central China’s Hunan Province, Feb. 28. 2024. (Xinhua/Chen Sihan)
Hao Guanxiong dries lacquer coated followers at his studio in Changsha, central China’s Hunan Province, Feb. 28. 2024. (Xinhua/Chen Sihan)

“I not only want to see the artworks displayed in the museums, but also in our everyday lifetime by integrating contemporary patterns with standard ones,” reported Hao. “I hope that more people today will use lacquer artworks and the craft will be far better preserved.”

Melon-seed-shaped lacquer coated pendants are exhibited at Hao Guanxiong’s studio in Changsha, central China’s Hunan Province, Feb. 28. 2024.  (Xinhua/Chen Sihan)
Hao Guanxiong makes an artwork at his studio in Changsha, central China’s Hunan Province, Feb. 28. 2024. (Xinhua/Chen Sihan)
Lacquer coated tea sets are shown at Hao Guanxiong’s studio in Changsha, central China’s Hunan Province, Feb. 28. 2024. (Xinhua/Chen Sihan)
Lacquer coated artworks are shown at Hao Guanxiong’s studio in Changsha, central China’s Hunan Province, Feb. 28. 2024. (Xinhua/Chen Sihan)
A lacquer coated plate is shown at Hao Guanxiong’s studio in Changsha, central China’s Hunan Province, Feb. 28. 2024. (Xinhua/Chen Sihan)

Producers: Wang Jianhua, Tan Jian

Planner: Wang Qingqin

Coordinators: Zhu Weixi, Tian Weiwei

Journalists: Chen Sihan, Cheng Ji’an

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