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Traditional Chinese painting on Tibetan paper

Publish Time: 2018-06-26 Author: From: China Tibet Online

An exhibition on Han and Tibetan painting and calligraphy was opened on June 12. A total of 223 works including Tibetan calligraphy works and thangka paintings were displayed.

At the exhibition, there were a series of traditional Chinese paintings themed on scenery of Tibet created by the Chinese artist Zheng Shanlu, in which half of the 41 paintings were drawn on Tibetan paper.

This type of Tibetan paper is called "stellera paper", for it is made from the root of the stellera chamaejasme, which is a kind of toxic weed called re-gya in Tibetan. Because the weed itself is toxic, there is no fear of insects or rats consuming the paper. It also does not rot, does not change color, and even after thousands of years, scriptures printed on the paper remain unchanged. Tibetan paper has become an excellent inheritor of Tibetan cultural heritage.

It is also for this reason that there is a certain degree of danger in making Tibetan paper. Because the paper is entirely handmade, it needs to be boiled and steamed to reduce its toxicity. If one's hands constantly come into contact with it, one will also be poisoned. Because the manufacturing process is long, time-consuming, not very efficient, and high cost, there are not too many people who are engaged in or studying Tibetan paper making, which is why Tibetan paper is extremely precious.

In 2006, Tibetan paper making skill was selected for the national-level intangible cultural heritage list.

Editro: Tommy Tan.

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