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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 in Shigandang Cliff-carving Art Museum. Six foreign students from America, Pakistan and Yemen took part in the activity to make rubbings.

A rubbing is a reproduction of the texture of a surface created by placing a piece of or similar materials over the subject and rubbing the paper with something to deposit the marks. The materials used for depositing marks from the paper most 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 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 to the foreigners the techniques of rubbing-making and texture-drawing and displayed them a finished product.

Brittany from America said she was enchanted by traditional Chinese culture and wanted to stay in China to learn more about it. This was the first time for her to make rubbings. Though she put too much inks on the paper for the first time, after trying for serveral times she made it and mastered the techniques of making rubbings.

Raza from Pakistan was astonished by the gorgeous skills of the ancient Chinese people as they could replicate characters from coarse surfaces without the help of technology. “It is so amazing!” he said.

“I think the story of Fu Hsi and Nu Wa are the same to Chinese as that of Adam and Eve to Westerners,” Mohmed said. “I become very interested in the rubbing culture.”

Through the activity, the six students get a better understanding of the culture and history of rubbings and became more fond of the Chinese culture.

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