The Art of Symmetry
Jiaxie is an ancient Chinese technique of printing and dyeing of textiles using carved wooden printing blocks. Dated back to Qin and Han around 2,000 years ago, it reached the peak of its popularity during the Tang Dynasty (618– 907) and declined at the end of the Song (approximately the middle of 13th Century). Throughout its long history it enjoyed great popularity amongst the Chinese, but now almost all traces of it are gone from the life of the modern inhabitants of China, apart from accounts in the history books. Jiaxie, however, is stubbornly clinging on to life in parts of Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces, through the efforts of people who are sparing no effort to ensure that the unique beauty of jiaxie does not vanish forever.
Recreating the Tang Jiaxie
The jiaxie we see today are commonly indigo and white; however, they were multi-colored during the Tang Dynasty (618907). The pictures below show us the Tang printing blocks that were used to produce multi-colored jiaxie ; however, they are actually replicas created recently. Nowadays in China, there are more and more jiaxie fans who wish to recreate this vanished ancient jiaxie type.
Through a Millennium
Once the carving is done, the craftsman may also make rubbings of the pattern he carved in, to create a new blueprint to better bring it in line with the next panel. Slowly, all the panels are carved out and brought together as one set, until eventually they are ready to produce the final product.
There is an aspect to Wu Yuanxin, the Director the beauty of jiaxie that of Nantong Blue Cloth cannot be overlooked — a Museum, has made an psychological reason that attempt to produce colmade this art form endure orful jiaxie using modern
and be passed down the techniques rather than ancient one — he carved generations for a thousand a hollowed-out printing years. The dyed patterns are block that has tiny, hidden always symmetric, and this tunnels. By injecting symmetry, hence duality indigo and red dyes into
combined with unity, fits different tunnels, he can produce a piece of jiaxie perfectly the role of a symwith multiple colors. bol of marital harmony and happiness. A blanket printed with jiaxie patterns is spread on the bed of the newly-weds symbolizes both marital bliss of the new couple and also the wishes of the parents — that the couple, like two halves of a symmetrical pattern, never part.