Artisans were craftspeople in Han society. They made up the class of commoners. Although no wealthy, they were well-respected.
Metalworkers pour molten iron into clay molds for trading. This was the first time in history that this process was used. They make everyday objects such as agricultural tools, cooking pots, scissors, and even weapons of very high quality.
Weavers in Ancient China work with silk. One kind of weaver is an embroiderer which sew detailed patterns into silk. Most embroiderers were women and were highly valued because silk was an important piece of Chinese culture. Silk was used to make clothing such as imperial robes and some paintings were done in silk. Silk was so valuable that people were sometimes paid in silk. Silk was also China’s most popular trade good.
Skilled workers in ancient China worked with lacquer; a substance made from the natural sap of a tree. Lacquer was used as a protective coating and decoration on a variety of coffins. Lacquer took fine workmanship and long hours. They became luxury items for the imperial court, nobles, and high officials.