Presented by ODLUM BROWN
Supported by Libra - The Rice People and The Market on Yates
Diao chong xiao ji meaning 'the small skills of carving insects' is a derogatory expression first given by old China's aristocracy to the arts and crafts produced by the peasants. The upper classes, who liked fine arts like calligraphy and painting, dismissed the work of the ordinary people. However, the phase also came to be used by the commoner artists to describe their own work as a sign of humility.