Straw weavingis the extension of theweaving method "keeping records by tying knots" of ancient people. It is a kind of folk handcraft of weaving craftworks by taking various flexible herbaceous plants as raw materials. Straw weaving crafts have been developing with evolvements of history, culture and customs of our nation, showing very high historic, cultural and artistic values.
Yuyong (Aisin Gioro Yuyong), Manchu, was born in 1939,and was the offspring of Fuyanggu, the eighth son of Prince Duoduo, the fifteenth son of Nurhaci, the founder of Qing Dynasty. Influenced by cultural atmosphere of the family, Yuyong was interested in art forms like fine art, painting, jade wares, straw weaving craft, sculpture, etc. which had deep influence on his way of life. In 1960, Yuyong began to lean straw weaving art from Qi Yushan, a famous straw weaving artist in old Beijing. Through inheritance and pursuit for straw weaving art during over 40 years, he created a number of valuable straw weaving artworks which are featured with extensive subjects, rich materials, various skills and high art value. Among straw weaving artworks, his works show strong local features. On the basis of straw weaving handcrafts of Areas South of Yangtse River and Beijing, Yuyong especially focused on insects and small-sized animals. All his straw weaving artworks like dragon, tortoise, snake, crab, butterfly, mantis and cricket are exquisite and lively. His straw weaving artworks have participated in many domestic exhibitionsand won important awards. Some of those artworks have been collected by the National Art Museum of China and Capital Museum and praised by people of all circles at home and abroad.