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Beauty of reduction

Artists revolutionize woodblock printing and provide a lifeline for their village, Hou Chenchen and Li Yingqing report in Pu'er.

By Hou Chenchen and Li Yingqing | China Daily | Updated: 2024-05-25 10:55
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Woodblock prints created by local farmers mostly depict the ancient Tea Horse Road in Nakeli village in Pu'er, Yunnan province. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Drawing inspiration from digital oil painting, Leng is pioneering digital reduction woodblock printing, revolutionizing the once intricate process into a fast and accessible method. Through digital design and procedures, woodblocks can now be cut in just two hours.

This digital breakthrough has sparked widespread interest on social media, attracting a wave of tourists eager to experience the digital art. Recognizing the importance of immersive experience, Leng hopes to bring reduction woodblocks into elementary and secondary schools.

"Experiencing local customs is the best way to understand a culture. It is my lifelong goal to attract youngsters to experience reduction woodblock printing, develop the next generation of reduction woodblock artists, and bring the vibrant Yunnan culture to the world."

Kuang Hanying contributed to this story.

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