- Chinese knotting is an old and traditional art form developed in the Tang (618 – 907 BC) and Song (960-1279 AD) dynasties.
- Many Chinese knots are identical both sides. They are decorative and functional, able to hold things securely.
- Knots were a form of communication and a means to express good wishes and blessings.
- This ancient art was on the verge of being lost due to the effects of industrialization and the Cultural Revolution. The how-tos were passed down from one generation to the next through word of mouth.
- A series of articles on Chinese knots was published in a Taiwanese magazine after its publishers sought out the few remaining elderly women knotters in Taiwan. That was in 1976.
- It is believed that the Japanese (hanamusubi) and Korean (maedup) knotting originated from China.
[Source: 'The Complete Book of Chinese Knotting' by Lydia Chen]
Here are some basic Chinese knots:
-:- Clover leaf -:-
-:- Cross -:-
Back view (aka square knot)
-:- Creeper -:-
-:- Tassel -:-
-:- Double connection -:-
-:- Round brocade -:-
[Update I've included a link to the book and if you like to know the books that inspire me to knot, do join me next week for a complete list.]
I’ve always been fascinated with Chinese knots, thanks for sharing this.
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woo..getting busy arent you :)
I love the last one, the flower brocade and look forward to more. Sounds real fun to me, I wonder if I take it up and gets all knotted up, maybe will give up halfway lah. Not a very patient person – me.
However, these are fabulous, always reminds me of those feng shui stuff with lots of red knots everywhere :)
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I love these! really beautiful. I used to do a lot of macrame, so I adore string and knots. You list your source as the book of Chinese Knitting, but I couldn’t find such a book. Could it be Chinese Knotting instead?
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Stunning. Just stunning!
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Could you do a how to on a few of those? I especially like the green leaf like one in the last photo. Great photography by the way!
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Beautiful work, Clara!
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wow Clara, how nice to get a little history behind your flowers. they are even more beautiful now.
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I was happy to see this post on your lovely chinese knots. I tie chinese knots as well and I wish more people discovered this wonderful craft.
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I’ve got a leather chinese knot that I round the neck – it’s got quite a heavy bone carving attached. Over time, the knots have become loose – sliding too easily. Is there any way I can tighten the knots or prevent them from sliding so easily? Any help greatly appreciated.