Sanzao Weaving

Updated: 2016-12-02

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Sanzao Weaving refers to the folk handicraft of straw and bamboo weaving deep-rooted in Sanzao Town. The selection of 38 delicately woven handmade works consists of bamboo baskets, cages, dustpans, sieves, scoops, rain hats, and covers in various shapes, some as articles of daily use and others woven as presents.

The craftsmanship came into being during the reign of Emperor Chia-Ching (Jiajing) in the Ming Dynasty (1522-1566), matured during the reign of Emperor Kuang-hsu (Guangxu) (1871-1908), and prevailed between 1949 and 1966 when adults of every household were also weavers.

The Sanzao Fisherman Hat was showcased and well received at the Sino-Soviet Union Friendship Farm Produce Exhibition in Guangzhou in the summer of 1952. The hat was then mass produced in a plant in Sanzao and began to gain popularity in coastal areas of Guangdong, Guangxi, and Hainan provinces.


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