This handmade framed leather puppet presents an image of an elegant lady seen in Shadow Play. She wears her hair in a high bun decorated with red fresh peony and one gold phoenix hairpin, showing her natural and graceful figure. Every single line of exquisite hair is cut all by hands. The dress is adorned with snow flake patterns, one of the popular delicate patterns to show the skill of the craftsman.
The shadow play or leather silhouette play is a type of drama, which has its roots in China.
Shadow puppets are made of leather instead of wood for the simple reason that leather is much lighter, easier to manipulate and carry around. The trunk, head and limbs of a puppet are separately carved but joined together by thread to be manipulated. The leather puppets are painted with various colors to show their different qualities, kind or wicked, beautiful or ugly.
Our puppets are made purely by hand in shadow plays birthplace, Hua County in Shaanxi Province. Xue Hongquan, one of the best-known shadow play performer as well as puppet maker, is leading our workshop filled with the best artisans. The artisans still use the same traditional methods passed on for generations.