Dyeing and Finishing Techniques of Xiangyun Yarn

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Dyeing and Finishing Techniques of Xiangyun Yarn

Xiangyun yarn dyeing and finishing technology, the traditional handicraft of Shunde District, Foshan City, Guangdong Province, is one of the national intangible cultural heritage.

The dyeing and finishing techniques of Xiangyun yarn have been recorded in Tang Dynasty. During Yongle period of Ming Dynasty, Guangdong scoop yarn was exported to foreign countries. The scoop yarn produced at the end of Qing Dynasty and the beginning of Republic of China was welcomed by domestic and foreign markets, and entered its peak period in 1920s.

In 2008, Xiangyun yarn dyeing and finishing technology was selected into the second batch of national intangible cultural heritage list, project number_-107.

historical origin

There is no clear historical record of the emergence of Xiangyun yarn, which can be traced back to the late Ming and early Qing Dynasties. It originated from the deaf people in Guangdong who mainly lived in fisheries (4 pieces of Xiangyun yarn dyeing and finishing skills in water dwelling).

The historical development of the collective survival experience of the people is based on the development of the Xiangyun yarn industry. During Yongle period of Ming Dynasty, Guangdong began to produce scoop yarn and used it for export. Until Qingdaoguang period, Xiangyun yarn was a valuable item, and its dyeing and finishing techniques were gradually developed and matured. In the 1930s, with the outbreak of the world economic crisis and the invention of rayon, Guangdong's silk industry fell sharply. Shunde Xiangyun Yarn suffered severe impact, but it still remained. In 1949, the Xiangyun yarn industry began to resume production and the dyeing and finishing techniques of Xiangyun yarn reappeared. After 1958, natural disasters and political factors made the Xiangyun yarn industry increasingly depressed, and the technology of Xiangyun yarn was also affected. After the reform and opening-up, only one sunning factory in Shunde adhered to the production of Xiangyun yarn, and the development of Xiangyun yarn reached a deadlock in 1998. With the revival and prosperity of Xiangyun yarn, the dyeing and finishing technology of Xiangyun yarn has gradually flourished.

Technological characteristics

The silk face of Xiangyun yarn is lustrous. Its color and lustre are better after sunshine and washing. The fabric is waterproof and easy to emit moisture. It is suitable for various summer casual clothes, cheongsams and Hong Kong shirts. It is cool and smooth to wear and easy to wash. In the dyeing process of Xiangyun yarn in 14 processes, only natural vegetable juice of sweet potato and scoop and river mud containing high valent iron ions are used, without any chemical dyeing aids, and harmful waste materials polluting the environment are not produced.

Technological process

The dyeing and finishing process of Xiangyun yarn includes more than ten processes, including soaking, drying, spraying, sealing, scouring, rolling, mud passing, washing, drying, fog spreading, stretching and finishing, which lasts for 15 days. When dyeing and finishing, the silk is first immersed in the water with the highest concentration of sweet potato scoop for half a day, and the silk is continuously turned by hand. Subsequently, drinks were sprinkled on the silk and scoured with scoop liquid for six times, then soaked in scoop water for 20 times in a sealed tank, during which silk pieces were scoured twice in scoop water of 45 ~50 ~C. As the most critical process in dyeing and finishing, it is necessary to mix the gray-black pure river mud into paste and apply it thinly on the silk surface soaked in scorpion water for many times so as to make the tannins in the butter react with iron ions in the mud and dye the silk surface black and brown. This operation needs to be carried out at night and completed before dawn in order to avoid sunshine. Illuminate the black bottom. After the mud is washed and dried, the silk is spread out on the grassland at dusk to soften, that is to say, the dyeing and finishing process of Xiangyun yarn is completed.

Inheritance and Protection

Inheritance value

historical value

Silk weaving and dyeing industry in Lingnan region has a long history, and Xiangyun yarn technology has a history of hundreds of years from embryonic to mature. It has a good reference value for studying the development process of traditional silk weaving and dyeing industry in southern China.

Cultural Value

Cloud yarn fabrics and clothing are important representatives of Chinese traditional clothing culture. The original ecology, pure natural characteristics and the special antiseptic and bactericidal functions of Scotch juice in the dyeing process reflect the health and health concept of the ancients.

Pragmatic value

Clothes and daily necessities made of fragrant cloud yarn fabrics are smooth, cool and comfortable, showing noble and elegant face. They are suitable for people to wear and use in hot southern areas.

economic value

Xiangyun yarn products have local characteristics. Chinese people and overseas Chinese love it very much. Even people in Japan, South Korea, Europe and the United States and other countries are also very confused about this kind of pure natural and healthy clothing fabric. With the continuous improvement of people's requirements for quality of life and the increasing attention paid to the concept of green and environmental protection of clothing fabrics worldwide, natural fabrics represented by Xiangyun yarn also have opportunities for development in the global clothing fabric market.

Current situation of inheritance

Because Xiangyun yarn is made by hand, the process is complicated, the output is low, and it is limited by weather and environment, so the output is not high and the number of employees is decreasing day by day. Lunjiao Chengyi Sunshine Scorpion Factory in Shunde has become the only sunshine factory, and there are only two masters who are familiar with sunshine. Xiangyun yarn dyeing and finishing technology has been on the verge of being lost and in urgent need of rescue.

Heritage figures

Liang Zhu, male, Han nationality, born in January 1935, is a new citizen of Lunjiao Town, Shunde City, Guangdong Province. In June 2009, Liang Zhu was selected as the representative successor of the third batch of national intangible cultural heritage projects and declared in Shunde District, Foshan City, Guangdong Province.

protective measures

On September 1, 2009, "Xiangyun Yarn Cultural Heritage Protection Base" and "Guangdong Xiangyun Yarn Cultural Industry Park" were officially listed in Lunjiao Street, Shunde District, Foshan City, Guangdong Province.

social influence

Important activities

On June 14, 2011, "Shenzhen First Xiangyun Yarn Culture Festival" was officially launched in Luohu Cultural Museum for a week.

On June 8, 2013, the second Xiangyun Yarn Culture Festival was held in the Xiangyun Yarn Heritage Hall of Wutongshan Art Town, Luohu District.

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