About the workshop
According to historical records, the first oil-paper umbrellas in China appeared during the Han Dynasty (25-220). They soon became popular, especially amongst artists and literatis who loved writing and drawing on the umbrellas.
Oil paper umbrellas also play an important role in traditional Hakka weddings, where they are given as dowry. This is because, in Hakka dialect, the word for “paper” and “child” has the same sound, so the umbrellas are a blessing for the bride to have many sons and grandsons!
In this engaging workshop, taught by Shanghainese artist couple Rolando and Jasmine, learn about the art of oil-paper umbrellas and paint your very own to bring home!
You have found the first treasure. Decipher the following clue to find the next one:
Bearing the name of Charlotte, thousands gather, stitch by stitch, to make the finest of slippers, fit for a wedding.
Hint: Only skilled artisans found in the Straits Settlements can guide you in this craft.
What you will experience
1. Learn about the history and origins of oil-paper umbrellas in China
2. Exercise your creativity and express yourself freely!
3. Paint and take home your one-of-a-kind umbrella! ☂️
Planning a teambuilding or private event? Customized workshops are available! Learn more here!