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(AmazingAnhui)Xuan paper, an amazing cultural inheritance in E China's Anhui

Pub Date:2020-05-18 08:50 Source:Xinhua

The traditional process of making Xuan paper, which involves over 100 steps, has been a UNESCO world intangible cultural heritage since 2009 and is still kept alive in Jingxian County to this day.

JINGXIAN, May 17 (Xinhua) -- Xuan paper is a type of handmade paper known for its smooth surface and its ability to absorb water and moisten ink. It is originally produced in ancient China and used for both Chinese calligraphy and paintings.

The fine and thin paper is the fruit of a painstaking process which involves over 100 steps, including drying raw materials like straw and bark of Blue Sandalwood tree, draining water, drying paper out, examining paper for quality control and trimming paper into different sizes catering to different demands.

Workers of the China Xuan Paper Co., Ltd. spread out rice straw and bark of Blue Sandalwood tree, both raw materials for making Xuan paper, for drying on a hillside in Jingxian County, east China's Anhui Province, May 12, 2020. (Xinhua/Liu Junxi)

A worker of the China Xuan Paper Co., Ltd. spreads out rice straw and bark of Blue Sandalwood tree, both raw materials for making Xuan paper, for drying on a hillside in Jingxian County, east China's Anhui Province, May 12, 2020. (Xinhua/Liu Junxi)

Workers of the China Xuan Paper Co., Ltd. spread out rice straw and bark of Blue Sandalwood tree, both raw materials for making Xuan paper, for drying on a hillside in Jingxian County, east China's Anhui Province, May 12, 2020. (Xinhua/Liu Junxi)

Workers of the China Xuan Paper Co., Ltd. spread out rice straw and bark of Blue Sandalwood tree, both raw materials for making Xuan paper, for drying on a hillside in Jingxian County, east China's Anhui Province, May 12, 2020. (Xinhua/Liu Junxi)

Workers of the China Xuan Paper Co., Ltd. spread out rice straw and bark of Blue Sandalwood tree, both raw materials for making Xuan paper, for drying on a hillside in Jingxian County, east China's Anhui Province, May 12, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Duan)

A worker of the China Xuan Paper Co., Ltd. carries rice straw and bark of Blue Sandalwood tree, both raw materials for making Xuan paper, for drying on a hillside in Jingxian County, east China's Anhui Province, May 12, 2020. (Xinhua/Liu Junxi)

Workers of the China Xuan Paper Co., Ltd. go to the workshop to carry rice straw and bark of Blue Sandalwood tree, both raw materials for making Xuan paper, at a hillside in Jingxian County, east China's Anhui Province, May 12, 2020. (Xinhua/Liu Junxi)

Workers of the China Xuan Paper Co., Ltd. spread out rice straw and bark of Blue Sandalwood tree, both raw materials for making Xuan paper, for drying on a hillside in Jingxian County, east China's Anhui Province, May 12, 2020. (Xinhua/Liu Junxi)

Workers of the China Xuan Paper Co., Ltd. carry rice straw and bark of Blue Sandalwood tree, both raw materials for making Xuan paper, for drying on a hillside in Jingxian County, east China's Anhui Province, May 12, 2020. (Xinhua/Han Xiaoyu)

Workers of the China Xuan Paper Co., Ltd. carry rice straw and bark of Blue Sandalwood tree, both raw materials for making Xuan paper, to a hillside for drying in Jingxian County, east China's Anhui Province, May 12, 2020. (Xinhua/Liu Junxi)

Workers of the China Xuan Paper Co., Ltd. carry rice straw and bark of Blue Sandalwood tree, both raw materials for making Xuan paper, to a hillside for drying in Jingxian County, east China's Anhui Province, May 12, 2020. (Xinhua/Liu Junxi)

A worker of the China Xuan Paper Co., Ltd. carries rice straw and bark of Blue Sandalwood tree, both raw materials for making Xuan paper, for drying on a hillside in Jingxian County, east China's Anhui Province, May 12, 2020. (Xinhua/Liu Junxi)

Workers of the China Xuan Paper Co., Ltd. carry rice straw and bark of Blue Sandalwood tree, both raw materials for making Xuan paper, for drying on a hillside in Jingxian County, east China's Anhui Province, May 12, 2020. (Xinhua/Han Xiaoyu)

Workers of the China Xuan Paper Co., Ltd. carry rice straw and bark of Blue Sandalwood tree, both raw materials for making Xuan paper, for drying on a hillside in Jingxian County, east China's Anhui Province, May 12, 2020. (Xinhua/Han Xiaoyu)

Aerial photo taken on May 12, 2020 shows workers of a local Xuan paper manufacturer walking on a path after they ted raw materials for making Xuan paper in Jingxian County, east China's Anhui Province. (Xinhua/Zhang Duan)

Workers of the China Xuan Paper Co., Ltd. process Xuan paper in Jingxian County, east China's Anhui Province, May 11, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Duan)

Workers of the China Xuan Paper Co., Ltd. process Xuan paper in Jingxian County, east China's Anhui Province, May 11, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Duan)

Workers of the China Xuan Paper Co., Ltd. process Xuan paper in Jingxian County, east China's Anhui Province, May 11, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Duan)

Workers of the China Xuan Paper Co., Ltd. process Xuan paper in Jingxian County, east China's Anhui Province, May 11, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Duan)

Workers of the China Xuan Paper Co., Ltd. process Xuan paper in Jingxian County, east China's Anhui Province, May 11, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Duan)

A worker of the China Xuan Paper Co., Ltd. dries Xuan paper in Jingxian County, east China's Anhui Province, May 12, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Duan)

A worker of the China Xuan Paper Co., Ltd. dries Xuan paper in Jingxian County, east China's Anhui Province, May 12, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Duan)

A worker of the China Xuan Paper Co., Ltd. dries Xuan paper in Jingxian County, east China's Anhui Province, May 12, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Duan)

A worker of the China Xuan Paper Co., Ltd. dries Xuan paper in Jingxian County, east China's Anhui Province, May 12, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Duan)

A worker of the China Xuan Paper Co., Ltd. dries Xuan paper in Jingxian County, east China's Anhui Province, May 12, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Duan)

A worker of the China Xuan Paper Co., Ltd. dries Xuan paper in Jingxian County, east China's Anhui Province, May 12, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Duan)

Workers of the China Xuan Paper Co., Ltd. examine the quality of Xuan paper in Jingxian County, east China's Anhui Province, May 11, 2020. (Xinhua/Han Xiaoyu)

A worker of the China Xuan Paper Co., Ltd. examines the quality of Xuan paper in Jingxian County, east China's Anhui Province, May 11, 2020. (Xinhua/Han Xiaoyu)

A worker of the China Xuan Paper Co., Ltd. cuts Xuan paper in Jingxian County, east China's Anhui Province, May 11, 2020. (Xinhua/Han Xiaoyu)

A worker of the China Xuan Paper Co., Ltd. applies a seal onto Xuan paper in Jingxian County, east China's Anhui Province, May 11, 2020. (Xinhua/Han Xiaoyu)

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