Asian art traditions
The culture of China is one of the oldest and most mysterious cultures in the world. It was China that became the birthplace of such philosophical teachings as Taoism and Confucianism. The Confucian worldview has remained the official ideology of China for centuries.
The worldview and attitude of the Chinese is significantly different from the European one. There was no consistent development and change of artistic trends and styles in this country, as in European art. The very concept of history has no signs of “duration” in China, and art has no signs of evolution. Artistic trends do not follow one another, and “styles” and “schools” are associated not with differences in creative methods, but with technical techniques and materials. In China .”.. we find an unusually stable, well-thought-out and aesthetically reworked way of life, a whole and consistent worldview, a complex but strong fusion of artistic styles… The stylistic unity of Chinese art is the result not only of the Chinese masters ‘ deep insight into the nature of things, but above all of their sincere and impeccable trust in life in all its diversity.”
SYMBOLS OF CHINA
Chinese beliefs are based on ancient legends, traditions and folk folklore. Historically, they are more than 4,500 years old and find their expression in symbols and signs that, according to the Chinese, bring happiness, health and well-being. In their understanding, symbolism should be present in all spheres of life that affect any event: weddings, funerals, births of children, etc.
According to the Chinese, animals are heavenly creatures that embody the spiritual life of a person, so their images can be found in almost every Chinese house, as well as in schools, on city signs, clothes. It is believed that if you turn to them, they will definitely come to the rescue.
The golden color has long been used in China as a symbol of nobility and wealth. It is closely related to the imperial — “bright, pure yellow” (see above).
Advice to the designer: using the golden color in the design for the Chinese audience is a great idea, there are almost no restrictions and pitfalls in this case. The only thing is not to overdo it. China once already experienced a “gold rush” — when every merchant molded gold jewelry everywhere, thus devaluing and trivializing a color that looks cheap and tasteless if it is abused. The reasonable use of gold paints is certainly the best approach.
Flag: It is known that the Chinese invented paper, gunpowder, printing, compass and other useful things. It is obvious that they were the first to use flags, because the first mention of the Chinese flag of modern design dates back to 100 BC.
The Chinese made their flags from silk, a fabric not known in Europe at that time, so they differed favorably from the vexillums of the Roman Empire, made of heavy fabric.
Symbols in Chinese culture
There is symbolism in the life of any person in one way or another. Symbols can also be the property of groups of various sizes, ranging from a few friends, for whom their secret greeting is symbolic, to entire states and peoples. The symbols of China are not only the coat of arms, the flag and the anthem. Due to its cultural wealth, this country has acquired an innumerable set of symbols, among which there are architectural structures, philosophical trends, representatives of the animal world and even colors.
The giant panda has a special place in Chinese cultural traditions, since many of the behavior and character of the animal are qualities that are revered by the Chinese society as a whole.
There are two species of giant panda and both live in the wild only in China. The most famous is the black and white panda. Another species of giant panda has dark brown or light brown fur, a smaller skull, and larger molars. This panda lives only in the Qinling Mountains.