Ethnic Arts and Crafts in Xinjiang
Uygur Embroidered Hats
The Uygur people, both old and young, men and women, like to wear the four or five-angled embroidered hat all year round. Made with exquisite workmanship, it is brightly colored and decorated with beads. These hats have become the symbol of the Uygur people.
Wood Block Printed Cloth
Wood block printed cloth is used to make wall hangings, belts, table cloths, curtains and so on. Using red, pink, green and yellow, they are designed with flowers, fruit, plants and daily utensils, creating a unique artistic style.
Among the pottery in Xinjiang, the much imitated earthenware is the most famous. Both traditional skills and innovations have helped meet present demand. The pottery is beautiful to look at and has a practical use as bowls, plates, pots and jars. Most representative of this style is a local pot used for hand washing, which comes in different shapes. Xinjiang earthenware has a special natural beauty that has always been attractive to domestic and foreign travelers.
Red Copper Ware
Red copper ware is one of the most important local crafts in Kashi Prefecture of Xinjiang. It has a long history and strong local characteristics. Red copper ware is made with superior craftsmanship and comes in beautiful shapes and designs. The local people use them both as daily necessities and as artistic treasures.
The Xinjiang people have long been known for their excellent singing and dancing skills, and Xinjiang song and dance is a category of its own among Chinese arts. There are many traditional instruments in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region which have been influenced by the ancient Western Region ( a Han Dynasty term for the area west of Yumen Pass, including what is now Xinjiang and parts of Central Asia) and modern Western instruments. There are a dozen traditional Uygur instruments which are perfectly crafted and produce beautiful sound. It is quite an experience to watch the local craftsmen make these instruments.