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Handmade tile – A vanishing culture

(People's Daily Online)

08:25, May 10, 2012

Edited and translated by Xue Meng, People's Daily Online

Liu Xinwu, a Chinese writer, once wrote an article called "Tile is also a kind of culture", in which he said that tile also represents a culture and tiles from different countries or ethics all have their own unique features. Tile usually refers to clay tile. Its main materials are clay and it's made through a series of complicated processes. Tile technology was born earlier than brick technology in China. It became very popular in the Warring States Period and most of the people build their houses with tile. The most famous period for China's tile technology is in the Qin Dynasty and the Han Dynasty. However, with the rapid development of our society, people's living conditions are improving. Nowadays, the technology for traditional handmade tile is vanishing day by day.
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