Ancient Application of the Chinese Knot
Without present-day accessories such as buttons or zips on the earliest costumes, people had to knot the clothing belt instead so as to tie their dresses.
- Jade pendants
The Chinese tended to wear jade pendants. The jade pendants in all dynasties, such as the semi-annular ones and those with dragon pattern, bore a small round hole so that they could be stringed and tied to the clothes. Besides, there were jade pendant sets composed of several different jade pendants in a long string. To tie them together, the ways of stringing and knotting are inevitable.
Weave a Chinese knot and Ass our wishing for safety to our compatriots suffering from earthquake
X-shaped Chinese knot formed by two nonslip knots
The much-discussed topic of making records by the knots of the rope demonstrated the important role of the knots in the development of the human being. According to the historical literature of Book of Changes, and the Annotations of The Book of Changes by Zheng Xuan in the Eastern Han Dynasty, knots are endued with the legal meaning of contract and agreement and meanwhile it functions as a tool to record historical events. Therefore, knots are much respected by the Chinese. With the passing of time, the recording method changes from the rope, the oracle bone, paper and brush, lead and fire up to fire and electric. Nowadays, the tiny colorful rope is no longer used as a recording method; however, tangling it into all kinds of knots revives a string of beautiful ancient legendary stories.
The connotation of various Chinese knots
Lucky cloud knot:
having good fortune as one wishes; praying for being safe and sound
Chinese knot with the Chinese character fu (blessing):
being full of blessings and with a divine star shining over to protect you.
Fish-shaped Chinese knot:
affluent year after year, being superabundant
Chinese knot with the Chinese character shou (longevity):
enjoying longevity and affluent year
with great love and deep affection and be of one mind forever
Round brocade knot:
clusters of flowers and brocades; enjoying a splendid prospects and a glorious future
everything is satisfactory and goes as ones wish