HOP celebrates Chinese New Year

2014-11-26 17.32.33 2015-01-14 13.50.05 2015-01-14 14.03.00For the past few months, Pagoda Arts have been running two HOP Pot funded projects which have introduced older participants to tai chi, and to the 7000 year old tradition of Chinese knot making.

The Chinese knot is a unique hand-woven handicraft from the Han ethnic tradition. These knots are extremely elegant and can be transformed in to many different shapes and patterns. Each style of knot is named from its shape and meanings. Various combinations of knots, or knots combined with other auspicious adornments form a unique traditional Chinese auspicious decoration.

The history of Chinese knots dated back 5000 BC, as writing had not been fully structured, the ancients would tie knots to formalise contracts and also use them in calculation. Different types, shapes or sizes of Chinese knots would represent the various nature, dimensions or quantities of the incident involved. Later in the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 – 1644) Chinese knotting was used in a variety of purposes and had different names and styles. This transformed Chinese knots from a form of decoration into beautiful and inspiring works of art.

HOP participants have spent twelve weeks learning how to make these intricate knots, and their work is on exhibition at the Pagoda Centre, Henry Street until 8th March. The centre is open from 10am to 4pm, and well worth a visit if you are in town for Chinese New Year celebrations at the weekend. We recommend going on Sunday afternoon, when there’ll be performances from drummers, dancers and the Chinese youth orchestra as well as all the usual celebrations in Great George Square.