Jade & Chinese Knot
"Knot" In Chinese has the meanings of reunion, friendliness, warm, marriage etc, so the Chinese knot has come to be the symbol of reunion, luck, harmony, and love. As a decorative handicraft art, chinese knot began as a form of Chinese folk art in the Tang and Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD). Nowadays people in China are still intrigued by the secrets and complicated beauty of traditional Chinese knots.
The Chinese knot has become a symbol of China with their uniqueness and profound cultural connotations. Derived from the phenomenon of "keeping records by tying knots" prevalent in the primitive age, the "knot" contained in it a legal representation of “contract” and therefore was of great significance. It was widely applied to fix garment, ornaments and seals in the Tang and Song Dynasties (960-1229A.D.).
The phenomenon of knot tying continued to steadily evolve over the course of thousands of years with the development of more sophisticated techniques and increasingly intricate woven patterns. During the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) knotting finally broke from its pure folklore status, becoming an acceptable art form in Chinese society and reached the pinnacle of its success.
There were two types of knotting: auspicious hanging decorations and weaved trappings. Auspicious hanging decorations (known as "Chinese knot" currently) were customarily used on religious occasions to ward off misfortunes, while weaved trappings were of various types including buckle knot.
Chinese knots are an embodiment of people's pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Woven separately from one piece of thread, the knots are named according to its specific shape are endowed with different meanings.
For example, Fish-Shape Knot signifies “being superabundant year after year”. Round Brocade Knot, a knot with clusters of flowers and brocades, means “enjoying a splendid prospects and a glorious future”. Lucky Cloud Knot represents “having good fortune as one wishes” or “being safe and sound”.
Combining China red, shape and complexity in a very traditional type of harmony, the interlink palindrome-type "Truelove Knot" plaited with brocade ribbons symbolizes mutual love and living to old age in conjugal bliss. Instead of the traditional way to pop the question "will you marry me", lovers can choose a light-hearted and humorous way to suggest marriage by giving their sweethearts the True Love Knot, indicating "Let's tie the knot".
By combining different knots or other auspicious adornments skillfully, a unique auspicious ornament which represents warmth, ideal and happiness is formed. For example, "Full of Joy", "Happiness & Longevity", "Double Happiness", "Luck and Auspiciousness as One wish" and "Wish you a Fair Wind" are all Chinese traditional pleasant wishes expressed by Chinese knots.
Today, Chinese knot has become an important element of international fashion. To fit with the needs of modern life, Chinese Knot has various products, most of which are used as auspicious hanging and knitting clothing adornment.
Learn to weave a Chinese knot step by step.
X-Shaped Chinese Knot Formed By Two Nonslip Knots
Ruyi Knot (everything is satisfactory and goes as one’s wish)