Traditionally, the Chinese prized the products produced
by artisans jades, bronzes, ceramics, porcelains
but did not accord the artisans themselves a high social status.
The Mongols, on the other hand, valued crafts and artisanship
immensely and implemented many policies that favored artisans.
The benefits artisans gained from Mongol rule include freedom
from corvée (unpaid) labor, tax remissions,
and higher social status. Thus, artisanship reached new heights
in the Mongol era. Spectacular textiles and porcelains were
produced, and blue and white porcelains, a style generally
associated with the Ming dynasty, were actually first developed
during the Mongol era.
For more on the Mongols' support of artisans throughout
their empires, see:
Mongols' Mark on Global History: Support of Artisans