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Productive Experience of and Reflection on Intangible Cultural Heritage of Traditional Handicraft Category——Taking Zigong colorful lantern as an example
Pages: 86-99
Year: Issue:  1
Journal: Zigong Teachers College Journal

Keyword:  Zigong colorful lanternZigong lantern festivalmarket developmentproductive protectionlive inheritancefolk culture industry;
Abstract: Zigong lantern craftsmanship, as the intangible cultural heritage, has coordinated the binary relation between production and protection during the new era of inheritance and development. It has formed the coexistence situation of lantern making and lantern culture market development and also is the representative project of intangible cultural heritage productive protection. During the market oriented making process of Zigong colorful lantern, it developed from traditional folk culture into a lantern culture industry and Zigong lantern festival folk custom with unique regional characteristics. In addition, it is assimilated into modern social life and market economy, during which process its making skills are lively inherited, developed and effectively protected. With the help of local government, lantern enterprises, lantern artisans and social forces and through setting up management services bodies, holding lantern festivals, exploring the mode of lantern festivals, establishing rules and regulations, expanding lantern markets, innovating craftsmanship, etc.,Zigong lantern industry is on a way that combines the inheritance with the development of lantern techniques and market development, and it helps lantern art to be lively inherited and assimilated into modern life and market economy. Moreover, Zigong lantern and lantern art is vitalized through its inheritance and development in economy transformation. However, the half century’s lantern making and festival holding experience tell people that Zigong lantern industry, once because of lack of appropriate development path, badly affected its lantern making skills’ inheritance and resulted in lantern market shrink. Summarizing the experience of Zigong lantern development can not only offer reference for the productive protection of Chinese hand-crafted intangible cultural heritage,but also have a great significance on reflection.
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