Today, we use the flag culture to introduce you to a country’s most important tool – cloisonne.
Cloisonne is one of the famous special metal crafts in China. During the period of Jingtai in Ming Dynasty, the craftsmanship reached its peak, and the crafts produced were the most exquisite and famous. Later, people called the heavy metal ware “Cloisonne”.
Cloisonne is also known as “copper tire enamel”. It is also known as “inlaid enamel”. It is a kind of wares fired in the copper tire by using soft flat copper wire to pinch various patterns or flag shapes, and then filling the enamel glaze in the pattern.
Because of its popularity in Jingtai period of Ming Dynasty, it is a well-known traditional handicraft with mature production skills. Because of its popularity in Jingtai period of Ming Dynasty and its mature production skills, enamel glaze was mostly blue, so it was named “Jingtailan”.
Historical records show that in the second half of the 13th century, the Yuan and Mongolian army expedited across the Eurasian continent and invaded Western Asia, capturing a large number of skilled craftsmen as slaves to the rear, specializing in the production of luxury daily necessities for Mongolian nobles. At this time, gorgeous metal flag products and copper enamel products were popular in the Arab region.
In this case, the Arab craftsmen who burned the “big kiln ware” came to China with their firing technology and main raw materials, and produced large quantities of enamel products, because many noble items were handed down at that time. Please continue to pay attention to our flag culture!