Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Sugar Painting (China)

Sugar Painting a Sweet Gift from China


Older people will certainly remember his childhood favorite delicacy - sweet caramel colored little animals. Today, they lost their popularity is not surprising, because among such a huge variety of sweets, which can be seen on the shelves, not everyone will pay attention to caramel.

The only ones who remained faithful to this delicacy, it's the Chinese who to this day cherish the art of painting sugar. The government of this country is doing everything possible to ensure that the younger generation, greatly fascinated by computers, do not forget about traditional crafts.
Sugar figures began to create in this country even during the Ming Dynasty. Their importance was so great that the caramel on a stick-shaped plants and animals were presented even as a sacrifice to the gods. All sweets necessarily attended various religious figures, for which there was a special creation of a bronze spoon. True it appeared at virtuoso-masters relatively recently, and before that they were creating drawings using special forms.
In order to master the sugar painting, a man had a long time to work only with paper and only after mastering the secrets of art to perfection, he could start working with syrup. This strict approach was explained by the fact that it was impossible to be wrong, because the sugar tend to freeze very quickly and even the slightest delay may nullify all the efforts of the artist.
To work you need to master the white and brown sugar, marble, used as a "canvas" and a wooden stick, which is the final chord in the work.
The cost of such a "masterpiece of jewelry" is low, about thirty cents, so tourists are always a great pleasure to buy these Chinese sweets. The most popular figures of dragons and phoenixes.
Today sugar painting is in the list of tangible cultural heritage, which was included by UNESCO in order to avoid degeneration.