Root carving refers to sculptures of figures, animals with roots of trees or bamboos as raw materials. It is also called “the root art” or “the root sculpture”.
Root carving is based on the natural shape, quality, texture and luster of the bark, branches, burls, knots, holes and rotten sections of roots of trees or bamboos. It calls for artistic imagination and conception rather than being true to life in the working process. It is the inner artistry that matters, not just a resemblance. Being artistic without damaging the natural beauty is the essence of root carving.
The specification of the work is decided by the size of raw materials. Final products vary from practical items such as small desks, chairs, folding screens, walking sticks to ornamental artworks for appreciation.
Producer: Xinyang Shanying Root Carving Factory