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Folk Printing and Dyeing
Folk Printing
Folk Printing and Dyeing
 
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Folk Printing and Dyeing

Folk Printing and Dyeing

The history in which the Chinese people use dyestuffs can be traced back to the Old Stone Age some 50,000 to 100,000 years ago. In ancient
times, folk printing and dyeing were primarily for practical use, then for life beautification. For thousands of years, the people have not only dyed
cloth with natural dyestuffs but also grasped the skill to draw by hand patterns on fabrics. In addition to pattern drawing by hand, press printing with
the designs engraved on woodblocks appeared in the Han Dynasty (206 B.C. – A. D. 220). A more advanced method became popular after the
Tang Dynasty (618-907). With the development and dissemination of the printing and dyeing technology, dyehouses of every description were set
up in various parts of China. Up till now, there exist quite a few old dyeworks which still operate in the traditional way, one of which is the
Laoyangjia (the Old Yang’s Family) Dyehouse in Anhui Province.

 
 


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