The Art Of Paper Craftsmen

Kulai/Malaysia

This story is story dedicated to the Spirit of Craftsmanship in Yi Mei (艺美纸扎),through my lens, to learn about his tools and his story. See what he creates; learn what he loves and feels: his passion.

Paper craftsmen is a sunset industry, and most of the master craftsmen are middle-aged or elderly. However, there is one young man who has taken the responsibility to continue the tradition  - 黄政款

 

While in elementary school, he worked for a master paper craftsman to earn some pocket money, and later on, he became an apprentice to a paper craftsman; eventually made it a career, establishing Yi Mei workshophas, and has been in this field for 11 years now..

 

This industry is pure handicraft: from designing the bamboo to sticking white paper and flower paper, each step requires both hands. Tying the bamboo is the most challenging part, since only when the bamboo is tied well can it provide good support.

 

Yi Mei (艺美纸扎)workshop primarily receives orders for celebrations of temples or gods' birthdays. These gods are worshiped mostly by Malaysian Chinese.

 

Nowadays, more and more young people are willing to immerse themselves in traditional business making an effort to preserve the legacy of these old industries.

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