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Flash display of old objects sparked a wave of nostalgia in Kunming

By : InKunming | Published: 2018-January-24

[InKunming--Kunming] As the movie Youth and Forever Young showing recently, a wave of nostalgia is sweeping in Kunming these days. On the morning of January 22nd, a flash display themed on “young memories and the past” exhibiting old utensils was held in Kunming Tongde Plaza. There were more than 100 small antique ornaments and old objects in 1960s and 1970s attracting a large crowd.

“There was a same quilt when I was a child.” “My family also had this kind of old TV. This washbasin stand is really an antique.” Many people at the exhibition felt backing to their childhood when they saw these old things.

Citizen Zhang selected toys for her grandson and said, “these things were used in the past. Look at the old wardrobe, the mirrors are all embedded in it with some paintings on. ” Zhang was very happy to see these old objects, and she was immersed in appreciating and feeling the old fashioned embroidered pillowcase. Other old objects at the exhibition recalled people’s memories about the past, such as worn microphone, scratched old phone, the accordion with the keys turning yellow, a portable oil lamp, and Friendship Cream which is the most welcomed by women in the past.

Miss Li from Qiaojia county was sewing cloth bag at a corner area. She used old rags designing and sewing new fashion clothes and bags. “It takes about a week to make a piece of clothing, and it is troublesome to find cloth, which is all hand-made, but now the cloth is idle, therefore, it is a good change to take advantage of it to make some bags.” Li sat quietly in the corner, and the idle rags were given new using by her hands.

“This event is both a cultural marketplace and a non-commercial old things exhibition, with some small antique jewelry from Afghanistan, India and Nepal, of course, from our childhood. These things are discarded now, however they recall our memories as seeing them.”Fan Yixi, an organizer of the event, said. He prefers old things and often goes to thrift store. Not only a nostalgic person, Fan also likes to use old things--he restored an old table to its original color. “The old object is cheap and good in use, in fact. So long as it is reinvented, it will be beautiful again,” he said.

In addition, visitors could also taste the old style caramel treats wrapped in pink paper, handmade brown sugar and loquat lotion produced in different counties in Yunnan.

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(Editors: Christine, Rachel)

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