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The Complete Book of Chinese Knotting: A Compendium of Techniques and Variations

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Make intricate and beautiful Chinese knots with this traditional Chinese craft book.

Chinese knotting, the joining of two cords to form symmetrical paterns, is an ancient and revered art form in China and an integral part of Chinese life. Born first out of practical necessity in prehistoric times to bind materials for hunting, fishing, farming, shelters, communication and other inventions to aid production and convenience, Chinese knots were soon employed as decorative motifs on...

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The Complete Book of Chinese Knotting: A Compendium of Techniques and Variations

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Overview

Make intricate and beautiful Chinese knots with this traditional Chinese craft book.

Chinese knotting, the joining of two cords to form symmetrical paterns, is an ancient and revered art form in China and an integral part of Chinese life. Born first out of practical necessity in prehistoric times to bind materials for hunting, fishing, farming, shelters, communication and other inventions to aid production and convenience, Chinese knots were soon employed as decorative motifs on artifacts, both functional and ornamental, and for festive occasions and important rites of passage. Today, more sophisticated designs, materials and applications have rejuvenated this colorful Chinese craft and have attracted a large following worldwide.

The Complete Book of Chinese Knotting is the culmination of 20 years of research into the ancient art of Chinese knotting and macrame by renowned authority Lydia Chen. Inspired by the decorative knots embellishing ancient artifacts such as pots, jade, statuary, boxes and paintings, the author has systematically classified the basic knots, many almost forgotten, and their variations, as well as developed new knots using various knotting combinations and innovative materials.

In addition to a useful summary of the four major techniques for tying basic Chinese knots and the nine main ways of modifying them, the author introduces 56 brand new knots and creative designs which can be used to make jewelry, ornaments and stylish wardrobe and fashion additions.

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"Traditional basic knots are expanded into more complex forms through very detailed diagrams and instructions."—Library Journal
School Library Journal

This is the first edition in English of Chen's compilation of projects that expand the techniques in her earlier books, Chinese Knotting: Creative Designs That Are Easy and Fun!and Fun with Chinese Knotting: Making Your Own Accessories and Accents. Chinese knotting, a familiar element of Chinese costume and accessories, is similar to macramé in construction. Traditional basic knots are expanded into more complex forms through very detailed diagrams and instructions. Libraries owning Chen's earlier books will want this one for its unique coverage.


—Constance Ashmore Fairchild

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804836791
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/15/2007
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 818,886
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Lydia Chen, a leading authority on traditional Chinese decorative knotting, was born in Loching, Chekiang, in 1940. She has taught knotting at colleges, held several exhibitions of her work both at home and abroad, and authored a number of books on the art.

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