Shell carving in Hainan, Sanya
The South Sea of China is famous for its production of various shells and spiral cases with unique shapes and various colors. Among all these are Brindle Shell, White Jade Shell, Dark Shining Shell, Five Pawn Spiral, Mother Hunting Spiral, Pearl Shell, Virgin Spiral, Tangguan Spiral, Seven Angle Shell, Hunting Ear Shell as well as Horseshoe Spiral used as ash tray and Big Horn Spiral used by the fishing people as clarion, all of which are amazing natural craft products well received among the tourists. All kinds painting screens, tools and furnishments made by smooth and oily shell carving are equipped with natural and bright color and precious and elegant style. In addition, shells can be made into all kinds of practical craft products like wine tools, flat and hanging decorations, necklaces and decorations worn on the chest. The beauty and elegance of it can be compared with that of jade. Hainan Shell Carving is also a special local product and its craftwork is refined already as early as Ming Dynasty. Later, it gradually develops into a craftwork with the traditional craftwork of coconut carving and forms its own artistic style.
The coconut-carved articles include bowls, plates, bottles as well as tea sets, and drinking vessels, etc. Coconut crafts are greatly loved by people all over the world and at present are exported to more than 20 countries and regions.
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