PanChang WEAVE knot
About this knot,
its origins, cultures, adaptations and more.
The Weave knot is more commonly known as the Pan Chang knot. It is the most populous type of Chinese knot, due in part to its auspicious meaning and aesthetic presentation, but largely because it is the only knot to be machine-made, and thus allow for economies of scale. Many people mistakenly believe that this knot equate 'the Chinese knot', since it is probably the only knot that they see in shops, and likely the knot that shows up during a generic online search.
The basic Pan Chang knot is a small 4 by 4 knot, based on the theory of cloth weaving. Over the years, artisans have enhanced it. More rows and thicker rope create bigger knots, deviation of steps create overlapping loops and asymmetrical weaves, addition of knots on the loop surface breaks the monotony.
Many cultures have their own version of the Weave knot. The Chinese version is a double layer weave, meaning that the rope weaves into a top and a bottom layer.
- Celtic Endless or Ashley mystic knot is a single layer weave with similar presentation.
- Korean Chrysanthemum maedup versions is exactly like the Chinese version, using similar steps.
Look for different ways to use things, and here are some ideas of Weave knots with a difference.
Variations on the weaving steps to deviate from symmetry.
Use as side knots instead of main knot.
Add on other types of knots to distribute focus.
Use them on skirts and t-shirts as embellishments.
Add them to bags, pouches and pencil-cases.
Sew them on cushions, pillow cases and sofas.
Glue them on gift boxes, makeup boxes and candy boxes.
Be inspired. Be creative. Be bold.
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