National intangible culture heritage: filigree inlay


Dong Ruijing works on a piece of filigree inlay artwork in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 17, 2019. Filigree inlay is crowned as one of the eight traditional arts and crafts of Beijing. With gold or silver as raw material, filigree inlay craftsmen apply complex techniques such as knitting and welding so as to shape metal wires into various forms. Then they create fluted patterns on the wires with techniques such as hollowing and cutting for gems to be inserted. Once a royal technique, filigree inlay is listed as one of the national intangible culture heritage. Dong Ruijing has been working on filigree inlay for over 30 years. His artwork have been recognized and rewarded in various competitions and expo committees. In recent years, Dong has been promoting and innovating this technique so that it can be known and favored by more people and the traditional culture be passed down. (Xinhua/Chen Zhonghao)


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