Carved Bottle Gourds, Linxia
The history of Carved Bottle Gourds has been more than 100 years. This is also a special art form of the folk arts in the area of Linxia. People use two needles when they carve the bottle gourds. One of the needles is thicker and the other one is thinner. The thicker one is used for drawing the outlines and the thinner one is for carving. The Carved Bottle Gourds are now nearly perfect with the craftsmen's improving. The raw materials are house planted bottle gourds those shapes are not too big or too small. Before carving, these chose bottle gourds should be dipped in the water for some time and then lighted. Human, mountains and rivers, famous poets are often the subject matters on the Carved Bottle Gourds.
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