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Chinese characters have a history of thousands of years, and the art of seal engraving has developed throughout this time. In 2009, seal engraving was listed as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. The seals are mainly carved out of stone, but can also be made of jade, wood, copper or gold. Seals, either for the practical purposes of representing signatures and official positions or simply for appreciation, have developed into an art form. The characters on a seal are usually carved in reverse, either in intaglio or relief. To this day seals still play an important role in life.
In this issue of Handicraft Workshop, we will introduce you to the fun experience of seal engraving. Let’s make interesting seals out of ordinary foods. It’s is only fitting to carve out the Chinese character mă representing ‘horse’ in the Year of the Horse. Let’s DIY!
Create a vegetable seal
1. Tools needed
2. Characters in intaglio
3. Characters in relief
Caution: Kids should use a knife only under the supervision of an adult.
Published in Confucius Institute Magazine. Number 32. Volume III. May 2014.