Handicraft

Handicraft

Grasshopper handicraft on a rural market stall made from leaves and stems. Grasshoppers and cicadas are considered lucky creatures. A cicada is used as an emblem of immortality and longevity, so a gift with a cicada symbol wishes the recipient a long life.

The affectionate name 'Grasshopper' was used for the Shaolin monk Kwai Chang Caine played by David Carradine in the cult American TV series 'Kung Fu' in the early 1970s.

This archive photograph was taken by a SACU member visiting China in the early 1980s

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