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Foreign students sample the delight of rubbing-making

2017/11/16 14:24:26   source:Sdchina.com

The new issue of “Touch Shandong”, a traditional culture experience activity for foreigners in Shandong, was held recently at Shigandang Cliff-carving Art Museum. Six foreign students at Shandong University from America, Pakistan and Yemen took part in the activity to create rubbings.

A rubbing is a reproduction of texture of a surface created by placing a piece of paper or similar material over the subject and rubbing the paper with something to deposit the marks. The materials used for depositing marks from the papermost commonly are charcoal or pencil, but also various forms of blotted and rolled ink, chalk, wax, and many other substances. It is a traditional Chinese technique as well as a form of art that has been passed down for thousands of years.

The students walked into the museum with curious hearts, watching advertising video and learning cultural background of rubbings. Then the staff members introduced the techniques of making rubbings and drawing textures to the foreigners and displayed a finished product of rubbing to them.

Brittany from America said she was enchanted by Chinese traditional culture and wanted to stay in China to learn more of its culture. This was the first time for her to create rubbings. Though sheused too much ink on the paper, she repeated to learn it again and again. Finally, she made it and mastered the techniques of making rubbings.

After learning how to make rubbings, Raza from Pakistan was astonished by the gorgeous skills of Chinese ancient people as they could replicate the characters from coarse surfaces without help of technology. "It is so amazing!" he said.

"I think Fu Hsi and Nu Wa are to Chinese what Adam and Eve are to Westerner," Mohmedsaid. "I have become very interested in Chinese culture through rubbing."

Through the activity, the six students got a better understanding of the culture and history of rubbing and renewed their love of Chinese culture.

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