Spring Festival Gala is an annual show launched by CCTV to celebrate Chinese New Year and has drawn extensive attention due to its authority and popularity.
In this year’s spring festival gala, Courtyard Full of Fragrance · Colors of the Nation, a creative program, showed five traditional objects in five colors by means of dancing, indicating Chinese people’s aesthetic pursuit for traditional colors of the nation. In “Light Yellow Leaves” section of the program, the blue paper umbrellas held by the dancers were originated from Yuhang Paper Umbrella Museum in Hangzhou, the capital city of Zhejiang Province.
Paper umbrella making craft has been a traditional intangible cultural heritage of Yuhang. Oil paper umbrellas of various colors are now displayed in proportion in Yuhang Paper Umbrella Museum.
Liu Weixue, a district-level inheritor of Yuhang paper umbrella craft and the curator of Yuhang Paper Umbrella Museum, shared the story about Yuhang paper umbrellas and CCTV Spring Festival Gala while making the frame of the umbrellas. Liu told the reporter with a delight: “The blue umbrellas are from our solid color series. Last November, the director of the Spring Festival Gala came to me, saying that our umbrellas were suitable for the dance, hence the presentation as seen by the audiences.”Liu told the reporter with a delight.