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Craftsman passes traditional skill to next generation

A craftsman named Kang Yunqing makes a traditional Chinese decoration by using afiligree and inlay technique on May 30. Filigree and inlay is a fine craftwork that was exclusively applied to jewelry and ornaments made for China's imperial families. The technique appeared some 2,700 years ago and is among the eight superb crafts of Beijing.The skill is actually a combination of two: filigreeing and inlaying. Filigreeing involves applying nipping, plaiting, filling, jointing, piling and other handiwork to form various shapes out of very fine gold and silver threads. Inlaying means to work gold or silver slices into different shapes, patterns or containers. [Photo/Xinhua]

Kang Yunqing makes a traditional Chinese decoration by using filigree and inlay techniques on May 30. The craft, requiring skilledworkmanship from highly trained craftsmen, was listed among the nation's intangible cultural heritage in 2008. [Photo/Xinhua]

Kang Yunqing teaches an apprentice thefiligree and inlay technique. Kanghas long been recognized as a protector of thetraditionalcraft in Jizhou, Hebei province. Over the past few years, Kang has made various creationsusing the traditional filigree and inlay technique, helping to keep the craft alive. In addition, he has also established his own workshop to pass down the handicraft traditions to futuregenerations. [Photo/Xinhua]

Craftsman Kang Yunqing and his artwork made using the filigree and inlay technique. [Photo/Xinhua]

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