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Leaf carving class draws enthusiastic crowd in Shandong

By Yang Feiyue | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2024-05-20 12:33

Leaf carving inheritor Yang Guifen gives a class to students in the county. [Photo provided to China Daily]

In a bustling scene on Chongwen Street, Guanxian county, Shandong province, a leaf carving class recently captivated a large audience of primary school students and their parents. The event, led by Yang Guifen, a revered local custodian of intangible cultural heritage, offered a comprehensive insight into the intricate art of leaf carving, spanning its production techniques, historical significance, and evolutionary innovations.

Guided by Yang's expertise, eager students delved into the traditional craft, immersing themselves in the delicate process under her tutelage. Emphasizing the importance of precision and starting from the leaf's outline, Yang encouraged participants to hone their skills and unleash their creativity.

Witnessing the collaborative efforts of parents and children in crafting their own leaf carvings, Yang expressed her delight at the shared experience and the budding talents on display. The class stands as a testament to the local government's commitment to preserving and perpetuating intangible cultural heritage, fostering a deeper appreciation for traditional art forms.

As part of a broader initiative to uphold the region's cultural legacy, plans are underway to organize additional classes aimed at promoting traditional culture throughout Guanxian, nurturing a new generation of artisans passionate about preserving the essence of their heritage through the art of leaf carving.

A student works on leaf carving in Guanxian county, Shandong province. [Photo provided to China Daily]
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