Traditional Chinese Fold Arts

China’s Traditional Straw Art

Magnolia flowers and birds – straw art by Chen Zhenqiang (陈振强)

Chen Zhenqiang is Chinese peasant and has never received any art training in his life. But he loves art.

It was until ten years ago in his fifties, he decided to become a fulltime on straw art.

Magnolia is native flora to eastern and central China and has been cultivated as garden flora since the 7th century. Its fragrant blossom is regarded as a symbol of purity and is the official city flower of Shanghai.

Chinese Magpies are viewed as lucky birds and the messengers for good news, featured in a popular tale about the love between a Chinese peasant and a female immortal.

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