Inheritors of traditional oil-paper umbrella making in Yunnan

Xinhua | Updated: 2019-07-11 11:04
Photo taken on July 9, 2019 shows tools used to make oil-paper umbrellas in Xiangyang village of Qiubei county, Zhuang and Miao autonomous prefecture of Wenshan, Southwest China's Yunnan province. [Photo/Xinhua]

Zhang Ronghua, 89, and his grandson Zhang Guoqing are the only inheritors of traditional oil-paper umbrella making in Xiangyang village. Xiangyang village has an over 400-year history of making handcrafted oiled paper umbrellas with bamboo stands. Made of oiled paper and bamboo frame, oil-paper umbrella is a traditional Chinese handicraft. The craftsmanship includes more than 80 procedures of sophisticated techniques. Other than its utility, oil-paper umbrella is also indispensable in local traditional weddings.

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