In traditional Chinese marriage customs, tap Anthurium is an essential part. “Anthurium” usually consists of the dragon, phoenix and flower patterns, representing good wishes. According to historical records, Anthurium already existed in Six Dynasties.
In Southern Liang Dynasty it’s for the wedding, which later became the custom in Tang Dynasty. To the Ming and Qing Dynasties, Anthurium have become a necessity for “marriage”, “birthday”, “New Year” and other activities.
In Han Chinese folk culture, husband and wife also were called “Anthurium couples.
From the beginning, it cut the paper to the shape of dragon and phoenix, flowers and so on. Then dip the paper in the wax , it becomes a simple “Dragon Anthurium.” On the basis of the original anthurium through years of exploration, from the wax paper to current Anthurium.
All the anthurium are handmade, seems very simple, in fact, the work is very complicated.
The was to make Anthurium is a special wax, solid and non-friable. Also make Anthurium requires a lot of mold to make a variety of shapes. Typically, the production of Anthurium related to paper-cut, wax, melting wax, color, pouring, painting. When the weather is hot, wax products are very easy get soft. So it is only produced between Mid-Autumn Festival and next year’s spring. Now whether rural or urban, a lot of Chinese want have a fashion western style wedding. So we have been unaware of the existence of the Dragon Anthurium.
I’m very worried that dragon and phoenix anthurium will disappear one day.