27 April 2013

Uses Knife To Clean Eyes In China

Liu Deyuan

Eye cleaning is an ancient craft in China, where there is an old saying that cleaning the eyes renders the beauty in life visible.

After sharpening his razor, a barber holds open one of his customer’s eyes and draws the razor across the eye lid. it is a daily occurrence in Chengdu.

This is a traditional Chinese practice called “eye shaving”. Sichuan barber Liu Deyuan, 53, is one of the few barbers still known to engage in the practice today.

Liu Deyuan has operated an eye-cleaning stand in a small park in Chengdu city for the past 7 years.

After shaving his customer he then gives his knife a quick rinse with water before using it to clean their eyes. To do this he holds open their eyelids before scraping the blade back and forth over the eyelid and then the eyeball. 

He then uses a small rod, which he slides back and forth under the upper and lower eyelids like a windshield wiper.

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