of the Necklaces
A single cord
(often 14ft. in length) ties BabetteBeads together. Most designs
are enhanced with decorative Chinese knots. The art of Chinese
skill. Knots were first used for practical purposes, such as fastening
and wrapping, and even for keeping records before language existed.
The final touch
on a BabetteBeads creation is achieved by Chinese knot artist and
teacher Mann-lih Huang. Born in Shanghai, China,
Mann-lih grew up in Taiwan, where she learned the ancient art of
Chinese weaving from her mother and aunts. In 1972, she married and
came to the United States. In 1982, she began teaching Chinese culture
and knotting in the 4-H Chinese School in Bridgewater, New Jersey.
Her creative prowess is endless, as she integrates new twists on
age-old designs like the Pan Chang and butterfly knots, continuing
to challenge and perfect texture and form. Mann-lih conducts workshops
on Chinese culture and knotting at fairs and in libraries across
Roll over animation
to see Mann-lih at work.