One major characteristic of decorative knotwork is that all the knots are tied using one thread, which is usually about one-meter in length. However, when finished the knot looks identical from both the front and back. They can come in a variety of colours such as; gold, green, blue or black, though the most commonly used colour is red. This is because it symbolizes good luck and prosperity.
There are many different shapes of Chinese knots. The most common being flowers, birds, dragons, fish, and even shoes. Culturally they were expected to ward off evil spirits similar to bagua mirrors or act as good-luck charms for Chinese marriages.
Learn to make the auspicious knots from CCC folk artists Ms Wang, and work out your own knots, and hang them up on your neck or your handbag.
CCC offers different sessions of Chinese knotting Classes with different patterns and designs. They are:
1. Longevity Knots
6. Corns, lily shoes and other designs
The class will be conducted in Chinese with English interpretation.
Venue: China Culture Center, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China.
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