Xuan ink Brush, a national cultural heritage in E China's Anhui

Updated:Jun 22,2020 09:20 AM Xinhua

 

Traditional ink brush making boasts a history of more than 2,000 years in China, and the traditional brush making technique involves multiple steps such as coning, brushing, binding bristles and fine-tuning.

JINGXIAN, June 19, 2020 (Xinhua) -- Ink brushes are used in traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy. Together with ink stone, inkstick and Xuan paper, these four writing implements constitute the "Four Treasures of Study". A highly acclaimed type of ink brush, the Xuan brush is believed to originate in the Qin dynasty (around 200 BC) in Xuanzhou area of ancient China. The hair of the Xuan brush is usually made from the hair of rabbit, weasel or goat, depending on the need of its user, while the handle is typically made of bamboo. The traditional technique of making the Xuan brush, which involves numerous steps, was inscribed into China's 'National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage' in 2008.

A worker adjusts hairs of Xuan ink brush at a local manufacturer in Jingxian County, east China's Anhui Province, June 4, 2020. (Xinhua/Han Xiaoyu)

A woman works on the hairs for Xuan ink brush at a local manufacturer in Jingxian County, east China's Anhui Province, June 4, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Duan)

A worker combs hairs of Xuan ink brush at a local manufacturer in Jingxian County, east China's Anhui Province, June 4, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Duan)

A worker adjusts hairs of Xuan ink brush at a local manufacturer in Jingxian County, east China's Anhui Province, June 4, 2020. (Xinhua/Liu Junxi)

Handles of Xuan ink brush are seen at a local manufacturer in Jingxian County, east China's Anhui Province, June 5, 2020. (Xinhua/Han Xiaoyu)

A worker fine-tunes the hair of a Xuan ink brush at a local manufacturer in Jingxian County, east China's Anhui Province, June 4, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Duan)

A tourist visits a showroom of a local Xuan ink brush manufacturer in Jingxian County, east China's Anhui Province, June 4, 2020. (Xinhua/Han Xiaoyu)