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The Heritage Project is an initiative that aims to integrate traditional Asian craft with contemporary art and design. There is currently a gap between traditional craftsmanship and the aesthetics and needs of contemporary society. In many cases, these intangible assets have diminished in relevance today and continue to declined in practice. Since the second half of the 20th century, the protection of intangible cultural heritage has gradually become an international issue. In October of 2003, UNESCO adopted the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage at the 23rd General Assembly, which made the protection of intangibles the basis of international law. The purpose of this project is to promote the intangible cultural heritage under the concept of protection and inheritance, and to create a platform to promote the cross-border cooperation between intangible cultural heritage, design.
Jingdezhen porcelain is Chinese porcelain produced in or near Jingdezhen in southern China. Famous for its white porcelain, ceramics from this region are highly revered for their quality and craftsmanship. Ranging from more than 3,000 varieties, the region produces blue and white, glazed red, pastels, multicolored, and countless other types of glazes.
On May 20, 2006, hand-made porcelain technology from Jingdezhen was approved by the State Council to be included in the first batch of national intangible cultural heritage. In October 2009, “Jingdezhen Traditional Handmade Porcelain Skills” passed the expert review and officially represented China in the 2010 “List of Representatives of Intangible Cultural Heritage.”
Su embroidery is one of China's outstanding national traditional crafts and is the general name for embroidery products in Suzhou, referring to the "Wu Di Handmade Silk Fabric Centered on Suzhou.”Embroidery is a kind of decorative technique that uses silk thread or other materials on silk, cloth and other fabrics to form a pattern by repeated puncture of the needle. Characterized by fine clean lines, it has given way for a variety of embroidery techniques such as painting imitation embroidery, photo embroidery, Shen embroidery, hair embroidery, tin embroidery, and Bao Ying embroidery.
On May 20, 2006, Su embroidery was approved by the State Council to be included in the first batch of national intangible cultural heritage.
Yunjin (cloud brocade)
Yunjin is a Chinese silk brocade famous for its fine materials, expert weaving, bright colors, exquisite patterns, and elegant style.
As the representative of the highest level of ancient Chinese brocade skills, Nanjing Yunjinmu Makeup Hand Weaving Skills was listed in the first batch of national intangible cultural heritage in 2006. In August 2009, the national standard of "Geographical Products Yunjin" passed the national expert review in Nanjing, and was successfully selected into the United Nations "List of Representatives of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity" in September of the same year.
Daily utensils, handicrafts, and art objects which are painted on the surface are generally referred to as "lacquerware.” Raw lacquer is a natural liquid cut from lacquer trees, mainly composed of urushiol, laccase, gum and moisture. It is used as a coating, and has special functions such as moisture, high temperature and corrosion resistance. Lacquer can also be used to prepare different color paints. After polishing and processing, it emits a high-shine gloss. Then, through the means of engraving, inlaying, painting, and enamel decoration, various exquisite lacquer art products can be made.
On May 20, 2006, Chengdu Lacquer Art was approved by the State Council to be included in the first batch of national intangible cultural heritage.