Old Lady Remains Talented at Heart

 November 19, 2020
Du Wanli, 65, has been creating leaf carvings for 20 years. [Qilu Evening News-Guoran Video]

 

Du Wanli, a 65-year-old woman from Jinan City, East China's Shandong Province, learned paper cutting from her mother when she was a child. One day, Du discovered that leaves can also be used for carving. In the past 20 years, she has been studying leaf carving and has created many works.

Du would pick up the fallen leaves in the late autumn, including golden ginkgo leaves, red maple leaves, palm-sized platanus orientalis leaves and even boxwood leaves that are smaller than nails, and transformed them into exquisite works.

"Leaf carving must be done at a high temperature, because once the leaves are carved, the moisture will escape quickly," Du said. She once took 12 hours to create a large leaf carving.

Before carving, the outline should be marked on the back of the leaf, and the veins in the hollow area should be avoided. "There are no traces when carving, and the result can't be seen until the whole piece is carved." Du said.

After seeing a video she made, netizens praised Du's crafts and commented that she has a wonderful ingenuity.

Du Wanli explains the method of carving leaf, which is difficult and time-consuming. [Qilu Evening News-Guoran Video]

 

Leaf carving works by Du Wanli [Qilu Evening News-Guoran Video]

 

A screenshot of online comments on Du Wanli's leaf carvings [From the Internet]

 

(Source: Qilu Evening News/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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