The Chinese knot is a hand-woven handicraft unique to China. The exquisiteness and wisdom displayed on it is an aspect of the ancient Chinese civilization. It was originally knotted from the sewing of the old stone age, and then extended to the ritual memorial of the Han Dynasty, and then evolved into today’s decorative craftsmanship.
The jade worn by Zhou dynasty people was often decorated with Chinese knots, and there were also Chinese knot patterns on the bronzes of the Warring States Period. The Chinese knots continued to become a popular art in the Qing Dynasty. Now, it is mostly used to decorate indoors, gifts between relatives and friends and personal accessories. Because of its symmetrical and exquisite appearance, it can represent China’s long history and conform to the customs and aesthetic concepts of traditional Chinese decoration, so it is named Chinese knot.
Chinese knots include double-money knots, button knots, pipa knots, cross knots, auspicious knots, swastika knots, algae knots, double knots, and silk bag knots. The Chinese knot represents unity, happiness and peace, especially among the folks. Its exquisite workmanship is deeply loved by the public.
Chinese knots are not only beautiful in shape and diverse in colors. “Blessings and happiness”, “Double happiness”, “Auspicious luck”, “A good journey” and Chinese knots are related with the Chinese knots, and all express warm and rich blessings and praises. And it is a masterpiece that conveys heartfelt prayers and wishes.
In the making of Chinese knots, rope is the main material. The choice of rope should pay attention to its gloss and toughness as poor-quality rope will have a hollow feeling when pinched. Although the material can be eclectic, professional weaving rope will be easier to shape, and the knitted knot will be more beautiful. In the process of knitting, drawing is the most important step. If the technique is right, the knot can be neat and beautiful. Different knot shapes can also be obtained by using different drawing methods. The changes are quite clever.
Chinese knots are just like Chinese paintings and calligraphy, sculptures, ceramics, and dishes. They are easily recognized by foreigners. This shows the representativeness of Chinese knots to the Chinese nation. Chinese knot art is a unique folk art of hand-knitting in China. With its unique oriental charm and colorful changes, it fully embodies the wisdom and profound cultural heritage of the Chinese people.