|A brief history of the technique|
|Decorative knotting of cords has a long history in China. Statues from as far back as the Tang Dynasty ( AD 618 - AD 907 ), show evidence of intricately knotted waist cords and sashes, although due to their fragile nature only much later examples exist in the actual silk.
Even up to the 1930's it was common for complex knots to be tied to windchimes, lanterns, eyeglass cases, fans, hairpins and many other objects. They were often shaped like symbols of good fortune to enhance the object they were attatched to.
Sadly over the subsequent decades this folk art suffered a sharp decline. Regarded merely as a decoration very little information was recorded on the process. Few people remained who were skilled at tying when efforts were made to ensure the skill was not lost in the mid 1970's.However thanks to the dedication of scholars and historians examples were collected and studied so diagrams could be published.
The knots are worked on a cork board with pins holding the various elements in place. Once woven together in the correct sequence the cord has to be tightened to remove the slack and create the final shape.
|Carved wooden longevity symbol with stone beads, Chinese knotting and braided cord.|
|Arc shaped white jade pendant with dragon head ends, strung on a woven choker length cord.|
|Semi-precious stone beads hanging from a collar of Chinese knots worked in thick cord.|
|Burmese jade fish and sword pendants hanging from long knotted cords|
|Multicoloured glass pendant on fine cord|
|White jade pendant on thick cord featuring decorative knots|
|Burmese jade fan pendant on graduated choker length cord|
|White jade flower on cord with jade rings|
|Finger ring with tassel of tiny Burmese jade beads|
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