Zhangzhou New Year Woodprints
ZhangzhouNew Year Woodprints are prevalent mainly in Zhangzhou City, Fujian, and are exported toTaiwan,Hong Kongand Southeast Asian countries.
Folk woodblock printing in Fujian developed very fast during the Song Dynasty (960-1279). During the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties, Zhangzhou New Year woodprints began to become prevalent. In the early 20th century, a number of New Year woodprint workshops sprang up.
The themes of Zhangzhou New Year woodprints range from keeping away evil and misfortune, praying for auspiciousness, historical and operatic stories to decorative designs. The door-god woodprint is the main kind of Zhangzhou New Year picture.
Traditionally, the printing plates used were mostly pear wood. The printing workshops were divided into "red house", for those engaging in New Year woodprints and "black house" for those doing documents and book-printing.