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Colored eggs

( chinadaily.com.cn )

Updated: 2011-10-17

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In the middle of the Qing Dynasty(1644-1911), there were many painting shops in Huqiu. Inspired by the folk custom of dyeing eggs red to celebrate weddings and child births, these shops painted traditional Chinese ink paintings on eggshells as decorations for sale. As time went by, colored eggs have become a handicraft.

Colored eggs

After the People’s Republic of China was founded, Suzhou set up colored eggs cooperatives, and the quality, designs and types of colored eggs increased greatly. Materials have expanded from chicken eggshells to duck, goose and pigeon eggshells. Subjects include mountains and rivers, people, flowers and birds, landscape and narratives. Decorated with glass boxes or covers, they rouse the interest of tourists. With the opening up and development of Suzhou’s tourism, colored eggs, which were only purchased by a few tourists and worshippers in the past, are now so popular that they are sold overseas.

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