Ruyi KnotPosted: November 17, 2014
The Chinese knot they always call ‘ruyi knot’ does not look like a ruyi at all.
Frustrated, I tried to come up with my own ‘ruyi knot.’ And this is what I came up with.
It’s a matted Prosperity knot, with a button knot tip, a matted doubled coin knot at the other end, and the ends were made into a flat knot/ square knot chain until it reached the Prosperity knot again. The flat knot body was slightly bent to show the ruyi’s curves.
I’m pretty happy with the results.
The ruyi is one of those unusual cultural items that mean a lot but don’t actually have any exact purpose. They’re staffs of power in Chinese culture, but how exactly they came to symbolize power is unclear.
The decorative art form of knotting used to replicate a purely decorative object – this is the Chinese ivory tower!