Xiaozhan is a sleepy village outside of Laizhou near the northern coast of the Shandong pennisula. At first glance, it is not clear that anyone lives or works here. Three dirt roads comprise the entire village. At the far end of one of these small streets, surrounded by farms, is a modest house where one couple still practices the art of Grass Weaving to create traditional dowry boxes. This village is no longer considered as a place known for its folk art, however, many people still venture into this tiny hamlet to seek out a piece of their cultural heritage. Stumbling across this charming village would be quite a treat indeed!
Visit the Cultural Heritage section of this village to learn about the history and traditions of this craft. Also, don’t forget to browse through the gallery of our artist’s at work to get an up close and personal look at how these beautiful works are created.