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Artistry heritage of rattan weaving


Artistry heritage of rattan weaving

In the 1960s and 70s, Hong Kong thrived in the rattan craft industry. Rattan products were lightweight, affordable, and popular household items, from chairs to baskets to small decorative pieces.

This episode introduces Master Chan San-kuen, a seasoned rattan businessman whose family has been involved in the craft since his grandfather's generation. Under his father's tutelage, Chan took over the business. Now in his seventies, he has dedicated over half a century to rattan artistry, emphasizing the significance of handwoven designs that add charm to the pieces. Though rattan might appear fragile, it's resilient, becoming more radiant over time.

Post-financial crisis, the rattan industry faced challenges due to rising labor costs and increasing shop rents, leading to a decline. Few rattan shops remain, and San-kuen laments the younger generation's reluctance to join the trade, hoping the craft doesn't vanish.

Yet, there's hope in two young enthusiasts, Cecilia and Barnard. With a deep appreciation for traditional crafts, they're on a mission to rediscover and revive rattan weaving techniques. They travel extensively, eager to learn and bring rattan craft back to Hong Kong for all to enjoy.

Their recent interaction with Master Chan sheds light on weaving techniques and experiences, ensuring that the art of rattan shines once again.


English / Cantonese  (TV Version)



(First run)

2024.03.5 TUE 9:30pm





Hong Kong Stories -- Master in the House

In the past, masters may have entered their professions to make a living. After years of experience, what does "making a living" mean to them? Working in workshops for decades, mastering every step of their craft, what does it bring to the masters beyond livelihood? Do they still have dreams?

Masters can be found not only in traditional industries but also in emerging fields or new industries that have evolved from tradition. "Masters In The House" explores personal stories and showcases the manufacturing processes of each master's work through images. While allowing viewers to witness the artisans' pursuit of perfection through light and shadow, it helps viewers understand what sets the masters apart.

Though the masters' craftwork may appear ordinary or not come with a high price tag, it carries the beauty of intricate details, representing the cultivation and persistence of the masters.
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