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HouShouqinmakessugarfigures[JianghuaiMorningNews/SuYifan]AwomanfromeastChinasAnhuiProvincehasbeentryingtokeepthetraditionofmakingsugarfiguresalive.Thetraditionalfolkartissaidtohave

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HouShouqinmakessugarfigures[JianghuaiMorningNews/SuYifan]
AwomanfromeastChina'sAnhuiProvincehasbeentryingtokeepthetraditionofmakingsugarfiguresalive.
Thetraditionalfolkartissaidtohaveahistoryofmorethan600years.Bykneading,pulling,andblowing,HouShouqinturnspiecesofmeltedsugarintodifferentshapesofanimals,muchlikeglassblowersintheWest.
Theseeminglymagicaltechniquealwaysattractsanumberofchildrenandadultsascrowdsgathertowatchtheshowatherstandintheprovince'scapital,Hefei.
Hou'sexcitingcraftsmanshiphastobeenattributedtoherpersistenceinpainstakingpractice."Mymaternalgrandfatherwasfirsttomakesugarfiguresinmyfamily.Hetravelledfromstreettostreettosellthefiguresortradethemforotherthings,"saidHou.
Hou'sfatherlearnedtheskilllaterandinseveralyears,heearnedsomeextramoneytomakefamilyendsmeet.However,sinceshehasgrownolder,herfamilyhasdroppedthecraftasitis"impossibletomakealiving."
InHou'sview,nowadaysnotasmanypeopleareabletomakesugarfiguresbutsheisnotwillingtogiveupthecraft.Withsomeofhersavings,shepurchasedtoolsusedforthecraftsmanshipandspentherweekendspracticing.
Inthebeginning,shewasunabletocontrolthetemperatureofheatedsugarproperly.Handlingthesugarymaterialalwaysscaldedherhands."It'sallaboutspeed.Foralongtime,whenImadetwofrontlegsofananimal-shapedsugar,itwasalreadytoocooltomakeotherparts,"saidHou.
Ittookhernearlytwoyearstomasterthetechnique.However,themoredifficultpartistopromotethemethodology.
"Therearefewplacesthatsetupstandsintheneighborhoodandfewagenciesarecommittedtothepromotionoftraditionalcraftsmanship,"saidHou.
Workingasafull-timeemployeeatalocalcompany,Houusuallygoestoparkstoshowthemakingofsugarfiguresatweekends.
Eachtimeherhusbandhastocarryallthetoolstotheparks.Thoughitisexhausting,Houenjoysthepleasureshebringstochildrenandrevisitingthememoryofwatchingherfathermakesugarfigures.
Currently,Houispreparingmaterialstoapplyforthetitleofinheritorofthenationalintangibleculturalheritage.Sheisalsoseekingwaystogivemorepeopleopportunitiestolearnaboutit.
AndHouisoptimisticaboutthefutureoftheart."Ijustdon'twantthearttodieoutinourgeneration,andIbelieve newformsandfeatureswillevolve,"shesaid.
Sofar,Houhasmadeover2,000sugarfigures.
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