Wed, April 13, 2011
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Spare time for an old tradition

2011-04-13 08:15:31 GMT2011-04-13 16:15:31(Beijing Time)  China Daily

Children look on as Ding Yi paints a facial mask in Xiangyang, Central China's Hubei province, April 12, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

A facial mask made by Ding Yi featuring the traditional Luo culture is seen in Xiangyang, Central China's Hubei province, April 12, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

Ding Yi paints a facial mask in Xiangyang, Central China's Hubei province, April 12, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

Ding Yi talks to children wearing facial masks he created, in Xiangyang, Central China's Hubei province, April 12, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

Ding Yi shows the skill of fire breathing, which was displayed in dramas of the traditional Luo culture, in Xiangyang, Central China's Hubei province, April 11, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

Ding Yi, a laid-off worker, has made more than 1,000 masks featuring the traditional Luo culture since becoming interested in the handicraft in 2008. The masks were mainly sold during festivals, only raising enough money to cover costs.

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