Chinese Knotting Jewelry Making Technique

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Recently, I read a book on Chinese knotting. From knotting, the author turns it into beautiful jewelry and accessories. Looking at the designs, I am very eager to learn and master the art of Chinese knotting. Chinese knot is a decorative handicraft arts that began as a form of Chinese folk art in the Tang and Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD) in China. It was later popularized in the Ming and Qing Dynasty (1368-1911 AD). The art is also referred to as Chinese traditional decorative knots. In other cultures, it is known as “Decorative knots”.

Archaeological studies indicate that the art of tying knots dates back to prehistoric times. Recent discoveries include 100,000-year old bone needles used for sewing and bodkins, which were used to untie knots. However, due to the delicate nature of the medium, few examples of prehistoric Chinese knotting exist today.

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Some of the earliest evidence of knotting have been preserved on bronze vessels of the Warring States period (481-221 BCE), Buddhist carvings of the Northern Dynasties period (317-581) and on silk paintings during the Western Han period (206 BCE-CE6).

Further references to knotting have also been found in literature, poetry and the private letters of some of the most infamous rulers of China. In the 1700s, one book that talked extensively about the art was Dream of the Red Chamber.

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The phenomenon of knot tying continued to steadily evolve over the course of thousands of years with the development of more sophisticated techniques and increasingly intricate woven patterns. During the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) knotting finally broke from its pure folklore status, becoming an acceptable art form in Chinese society and reached the pinnacle of its success.

Knotting continued to flourish up until about the end of imperial China and the founding of the Republic of China in 1911 AD when China began its modernization period[1]. From 1912 to the end of the Cultural Revolution in 1976, the art of Chinese knotting was almost lost.

Chinese knotting is also possible for making handmade jewelry. Here are some inspirations!

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Try it yourself and explore Chinese knotting jewelry! Purchase some Chinese cords at DIY Jewelry Making!

jewelry making Material: 100% Polyester
Size: Diameter: 2mm;
Quantity: 25m/roll
Use: Knitting, Sewing, Crochet, Embroidery, Cross Stitch, Hand Knitting, Bags, Garment, Home Textile, Shoes
Type: Thread/ Cords
Color: as photo

jewelry making Material: Rayon / Nylon
Size: Diameter: 5mm/7mm;
Quantity: 43 yards, 22 yards
Use: Knitting, Sewing, Crochet, Embroidery, Cross Stitch, Hand Knitting, Bags, Garment, Home Textile, Shoes
Type: Thread/ Cords
Color: Red

jewelry making Material: 100% Polyester
Size: Diameter: 2mm;
Quantity: 49yard/roll
Use: Knitting, Sewing, Crochet, Embroidery, Cross Stitch, Hand Knitting, Bags, Garment, Home Textile, Shoes
Type: Thread/ Cords
Color: as photo

jewelry making Material: 100% Polyester
Size: Diameter:0.5mm/1mm;
Quantity: 60Yard/ 130Yard
Use: Knitting, Sewing, Crochet, Embroidery, Cross Stitch, Hand Knitting, Bags, Garment, Home Textile, Shoes
Type: Thread/ Cords
Color: Gold/Silver

 

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