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Ancient Chinese art of scissor-making

China is well-known for mass produced products, but some traditional items are still lovingly handcrafted in the country's factories and workshops.

In the dying years of the Ming Dynasty, a craftsman by the name of Zhang Jiasi, found a way to make scissors that were both beautiful and durable.

A few decades later Zhang Jiasi's son, Zhang Xiaoquan, inherited the business and moved it to the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou, and in 1663, his namesake company was born.

In this video craftsman Ding Jican explains how techniques perfected over the centuries are used to craft the company's unique products.

  • 21 Apr 2013