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Oil paper umbrellas shine in modern age

By Chinaculture.org

In Luzhou's Fenshui, Southwest China's Sichuan province, the history of making oil paper umbrellas can be traced back to more than 400 years ago. The township is still largely dependent on this industry, and the technique of making oil paper umbrellas was recognized as a state-level intangible cultural heritage in 2008.

According to Bi Yuanshen, an inheritor of the technique, oil paper umbrella making industry almost died when modern cloth umbrellas started to appear in the 1980s.

"After the technique was recognized as an intangible cultural heritage, the industry has essentially improved," he said. "As more people learn about our products and get to know how sophisticated and beautiful they are, we can sell them not only as umbrellas but also as decorations, gifts and artworks."

Oil paper umbrellas shine in modern age
A woman makes an oil paper umbrella in Fenshui town, Luzhou, Southwest China's Sichuan province, on Aug 6, 2015. ( Photo provided to China Daily )

Oil paper umbrellas shine in modern age
Attention to detail is key to making an oil paper umbrella in Fenshui town, Luzhou, Southwest China's Sichuan province, on Aug 6, 2015. ( Photo by Jiang Wanjuan/China Daily)

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