Ancient Art of Incense Making
Incense has been used in China for thousands of years, not only for worshipping god during religious ceremonies but as an artistic element in folklore. Since Neolithic period, ancient Chinese people sparkle stones and burnt wood for aromatherapy. Layer on, more incense materials and spices were introduced to the country through the Silk Road, incense became common and was widely used in daily life. They integrated clothes a better smell and were used in traditional medicine, meditation, and religious rituals. Incense is always considered as luxury item, thus use of incense was considered elegant. During Song Dynasty (960-1279), appreciating incense was considered one of four “graceful daily things” to do, accompany along with tea tasting , arranging flowers, and wall paintings.
This incense art almost vanished in China over the centuries. However in Japan, the so-called Kodo has well preserved and remained popular, and eventually spread to Taiwan, from which it has returned to the Chinese mainland several years ago. Today this art is commonly called Xiang Dao, meaning “skill of making incense”. Where, traditional name in China shall be called as Xiang Shi.
This hand-on workshop duration last for 3hrs, and you will learn to
- Understand Chinese Incense Culture
- Witness a Traditional Incense Ceremony
- Blend Natural Incense Materials
- Make Chinese Incense Sticks
- Create Your Own Chinese Incense Accessories (Xiang Pai)
Xiang Pai was a popular decoration in ancient China, it is attractive and useful - unlike the burning incense, it is made with traditional Chinese pattern and designs, was worn by both genders to show nobility, wealth, and keep the incense fragrance for health. It is perfectly for yourself or deliver as a gift for someone important.
Price: MOP3400 for up to 2 people
MOP850 per additional person (Max. 4 people)
(This including expert fee, class room space and material cost)
For a group of more than 4 people, please contact us for larger group offer and schedule arrangement.
Duration is 3hrs, directions for meeting place will be provided in both Chinese and English for you to arrive at our starting point. Please bring along with your email confirmation for participation.