Chinese Knotting (中国结 Zhōngguó jié) is one of the most common folk-arts still seen in China, although most knots are now mass-produced in factories. Traditionally made of silk, they are now usually made using red paracord, since red is the most auspicious colour in China. Chinese knots are made from a single length of cord with the two ends entering at the top and exiting at the bottom of the knot.
The date of knotting’s origin is unknown. Historians speculate that knots may have been used as a way to remember things – the contents of a jar, for example – before writing was invented. The earliest examples in China are from silk paintings and tomb carvings from the Western Han Dynasty (206BC-6AD).
Knotting had become a folk art by the Tang Dynasty (618-904) and had become very popular even at court by the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Knots were not only practical but also used as decoration, for example, on a sword hilt, and as clothes fastenings.
There are many different types of knots, but the Panchang Knot (盘长结 Pán cháng jié) is considered the quintessential Chinese knot, and is particularly auspicious if made with 8 loops. This knot, also known as the infinity knot, is the one which we teach you to make during a Cultural Keys’ traditional Chinese knotting workshop.
You will also learn more about the history and culture of knotting through an English language presentation given by one of our team.
Please note, this workshop is best booked with a second workshop or in conjunction with the Xiaopu Artists Village tour.
Traditional Chinese Knotting Workshop
Location: CK Culture Centre – Songzhuang, Tongzhou
Available Class Times: Workshops can be arranged Mon – Sat 10am – 6pm
Duration: 1.5 hours
Places: 2 – 6 people
Price: Starting from 488RMB (approx. 72USD) for 4 people + 88RMB (approx. 13USD) per additional person up to 6 people
Payment: Prepayment via PayPal, WeChat, Alipay or bank transfer.
Our standard custom workshops are held at our culture centre in Xiaopu Art Village and limited to 6 people, to ensure each attendee gets full attention from the teacher. The price includes a 1-hour private workshop, an English presentation on the language, history and culture of Chinese knotting, snacks and Chinese tea. At the end of the workshop, you will be able to take your creations home with you.
As well as the above, we are also happy to take photos of you during your workshop, which can be sent to you to share with friends and family. If you don’t want photos or video taken, please let us know.
In addition to the workshop, we are able to offer the following options:
Downtown pickup & drop off:
+700RMB (approx. 100USD) per group
A delicious lunch or dinner at a nearby Chinese dumpling restaurant:
+50RMB (approx. 8USD) per person
1-hour guided tour of Xiaopu Art Village:
+188RMB (approx. 28USD) per group
All of these optional extras are subject to availability. Please contact us for more information.
In additional to custom workshops at our culture centre, we are also happy to arrange custom classes at your office, school, hotel or event.
To arrange a workshop for yourself, your group, or to book a workshop at a location of your choice, please contact us to let us know which date you would like to book. Please note that custom classes must be booked at least 48 hours in advance.
Alternatively, feel free to add us directly on WeChat. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have!
We look forward to seeing you soon!