Alongside the traditional Chinese lanterns lining the Avon River, craft stalls will give visitors to the South Island Lantern Festival a chance to dive further into the culture of Chinese New Year.
From sugar painting and dough-figurine making, to kite making and lotus flower creation, the craft market aspect of the festival is always popular with both young and old. Additional stalls will also be selling Asian cutlery, crockery and clothing.
Xiashi Colored Lanterns
The South Island Lantern Festival is a chance to see master craftspeople ply their trade. Hu Jiemei is a leader in the world of Chinese lanterns and a master lantern designer. He is devoted to the craft of coloured lanterns, with many of his designs winning national awards. Don’t miss your chance to see the man in action, and perhaps take away a masterpiece.
Coloured Ribbons of She Nationality
Suwen Lei is a practitioner the traditional craft of ribbon making. For the She people, the majority ethnicity of the Fujian province, the coloured ribbons are used for everything from belts and aprons, to lace to clothing, and can be used as a token of good wishes. Generations of learning have made Suwen a master of creating unique ribbon patterns, so come down to see the weaving magic happen.
Wenzhou Color Emboss
Dong Ruohui is a craft artist from the Wenzhou Academy of Arts and Crafts, specialising in colour embossing. Her work has been exhibited in exhibits across China and was recently named a master of her craft.
Jin Yuegiang has been making kites for more than 30 years and is a member of numerous prestigious Chinese arts societies. Jin Yuegiang was born into the craft, his grandfather was a kite maker and he has been enthralled by the art since childhood. His kites are well-known for their workmanship, radiant colours and stable flight.