Rope-making and Dyeing/Calendering on Ap Lei Chau Island. 1971 RASHKB article

James Chan:  I found this Royal Asiatic Society (HK Branch) ‘Notes and Queries’ article while looking through old volumes of the HKBRAS’ Journals. I thought it would be a useful addition to what we have on rope-making in Hong Kong. I regret that I was unable to find the illustrations that accompanied the article. If you can please contact the Group.

HF: Many thanks to James. This fascinating insight into three traditional HK industries was written by James Hayes, see other Inddhk contributions linked below. James kindly gave permission for most of these. I tried to contact Mr Hayes regarding using his article here but have not had a reply.

Calendering is afinishing process used on cloth, paper or plastic film. clothpaper, or plastic film. A calender is employed, usually to smooth, coat, or thin a material.

Rope Making And Dyeing , Clendering In Ap Lei Chau RASHKB Journal 1971 James Hayes

Rope making in Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Ying Pun c1971. Image Courtesy: IDJ

Rope Making And Dyeing , Clendering In Ap Lei Chau B RASHKB Journal 1971 James Hayes

Rope Making And Dyeing , Clendering In Ap Lei Chau C RASHKB Journal 1971 James Hayes

This article was first posted on 24th September 2017.

Source: RASHKB Journal Volume 11 1971


  1. RASHKB says “Anyone with an interest in the history, art, literature and culture of China and Asia, with special reference to Hong Kong, will enjoy membership of the Hong Kong Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, which is generally regarded as the premier Society for the study of Hong Kong and South China. Dating back over 150 years, the Society is today a very active body, organizing varied visits, talks, seminars and more.”
    The Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong Branch website

Indhhk articles by James Hayes or to which he has contributed:

  1. Hemp – crop and craft, 1970 RASHKB article highlighting its disappearance in Hong Kong
  2. Charcoal burning in Hong Kong, 1971 RASHKB article
  3. Sandalwood Mills in Tsuen Wan – 1976 RASHKB article
  4. Some notes on travel in the NT before the KCR
  5. Lantau Island Industry


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