You are here: Home China Guide Chinese Culture Buckle Knot and Chinese Knot

Buckle Knot and Chinese Knot

The Chinese knot is a conventional benign knot art, made by plaiting a string a knot into different shapes. The curved knot, as a button made by plaiting cloth shears, is used in traditional garments such as Tang suit and cheongsam. Chinese knots and buckle knots are of both artistry and practical applicability.

The Chinese knot and buckle knot have become a symbol of China for their distinctiveness and rich cultural implication. Originated from " record by tying knots" widespreaded in the primitive age, the "knot" taken in it a formal symbol of  "Contract" and therefore was of great importance. It was commenly used to fix clothing, decorations and seals in the Tang and Song Dynasties. In the Ming and Qing Dynasties, it was still prevailing but divided into two kinds: auspicious hangings and weaved trappings. Auspicious hanging decorations (known as "Chinese knot" currently) were generally used on religious situations to stay away from misfortunes, while weaved trappings were of various types, like buckle knot.

Different knots are born with different meanings. For example, the interlink palindrome-type "Truelove Knot" plaited with baldachin ribbons represents mutual love and living to old age in marital bliss. These knots are also reflections of people's aspiring of truth, purity and beauty. Meaning expression with knots can be seen in poems and classical Chinese writings such as Book of Songs, Han Yuefu (a kind of poems prevailing in the Han dynasty, collected by the Bureau of Music) and Rhapsody on Chu.

The Chinese knot articraft in modern times is still bearing distinct charm. Now Chinese knots and buckle knots are still used as adornments for houses and cheongsams(qipao) and serve as a mark of beauty and benediction.