We had gone to the workshop of a blue calico in Nantong.
Nantong blue calico is a traditional folk printed-dyed handicraft in China. During the Song dynasty, blue calico was called “Yaoban Cloth”, and during the Ming dynasty, it was called “Jiaohua Cloth”. The process was said to be invented by a local people surnamed Gui in Jiading. Nantong is the major producer of blue calico. Quantities of dyeing and weaving workshops once spread all over the rural areas in Nantong, with abundant homespun and natural bluegrass resources. Blue calico is usually used to make daily clothes, quilt covers, mosquito nets, pillowcases and bags. Patterns printed on blue calico are plain and elegant, and usually bear auspicious connotations. They are mostly originated from animals and birds, trees and flowers, as well as from myths and legends, such as bat (homophone for happiness in Chinese), fish (homophone for wealthy in Chinese), Lion Rolling the Ball, and Carps Jumping over the Dragon Gate. On May 20, 2006, the dyeing skill was included in the first China's National Intangible Cultural Heritages list, approved by the state council.
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