China National Intangible Cultural Heritage Tung Oil Paper Umbrella Exhibition

Tuesday, January 29, 2019
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Huddleston Hall Huddleston Ballroom
Event Type
Xin Mai

China National Intangible Culture Heritage Program from Luzhou – Traditional Tung Oil Paper Umbrella


Place:  Huddleston Hall Ballroom

Dates: Jan 29th and 30th, 2019

Time:  Jan 29th, 02:00pm – 06:00pm

Jan 30th, 09:30am – 06:00pm

PPT Lecture on the process of Tung Oil Paper umbrella making for students: Jan 30th, 10:30am – 11:00am in the Huddleston Hall Ballroom

Chinese people invented the umbrella thousands of years ago.  The Chinese character “umbrella” (-san) hasn’t changed much in form since ancient time.  The process was further standardized and simplified later using paper, bamboo, thread and tung oil – a natural water repellent from the nuts of tung tree.  Mr. Liufu Bi of the town of Fenshui in Luzhou of Sichuan was identified nationally as the only inheritor of this unique intangible folk culture category.  CI-UNH has invited Mr. Liufu Bi together with his wife who aids with the threading process to demonstrate the making of this type of traditional umbrella on the Durham campus from Jan 29th to Jan 30th.  Three hundred families have already signed up to participate in the making of one such umbrella at the workshop with Mr. Liufu Bi.  CI encourages those who are interested to contact to sign up ahead of time.  There is a $12 charge per umbrella.  Participants get to keep the umbrellas they paid for.

This event is otherwise free and open to the general public.

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