Li Ting Gui Old Hu Kai Wen 鱼戏莲 Fish and Lotus Cinnabar Inkstick

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Professional handmade cinnabar inkstick from the Old Hu Kai Wen factory. It is packed in a sophisticated silk box.

Suitable: Chinese Painting, Calligraphy.
Composition: 100% cinnabar natural rock mineral
Net Weight: 51 g
Size of Inkstick: 9.3 * 2 * 0.9 cm
Size of the Silk Box: 10.6 x 3.2 x 1.8 cm
UPC: 601285835686

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Inksticks are an ancient way to produce and store ink which has been proved to last for thousands of years. Most surviving ancient chinese painting and calligraphy uses this type of ink which is famous in China as one of the Chinese “Four treasures of the study“.
Inkston supplies traditional chinese ink made with natural colours, scented with tree oils and decoratively finished from a workshop that used to supply ink to emperors – see our stories about ink.

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Old Hu Kai Wen inks are the most famous quality inks in China but historically the brand name was not controlled so many copies and fakes appeared on the markets. Here we explain the history of the Old Hu Kai Wen workshop and their Li Ting Gui inksticks. See also the Buyer’s Guide to over 80 varieties of ink from Old Hu Kai Wen, inkston introduction to chinese ink and some dramatic pictures from the Old Hu Kai Wen workshop.


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Compared with the machine-stitched silk commonly available on the market, the material and techniques for Shu embroidery are unique. Hand-stitching is often thick, layered and following the direction of the design to create an artistic whole than looks and feels good. Machine stitched embroidery is often uniform, uni-directional and relatively plain. A good example is our premium cushion cover which is really a work of art, a visual and tactile feast: The smaller products use the same techniques and allow you to enjoy the same quality at a more affordable price.

Shu Brocade is pure hand-stitched silk embroidery made stitch by stitch by master craftspeople. The Shu kingdom was taken over when the Qin dynasty united China over 2,000 years ago and is now part of the Sichuan area around Chengdu. The Shu name and silk making tradition still survives and is used most famously for Shu brocade silk still produced in this area. Shu brocade was recognized as the highest quality production and reserved for the Imperial court and official robes, and a Brocade officer was appointed in Chengdu to control production.

Authentic silk is a natural protein fibre produced by caterpillars. The material is quite different from man-made material and has a special lustre or shine that changes with the angle of the light. Since silk is made from natural protein, it should be looked after differently compared with other materials. Most importantly, it cannot be washed with washing machine or any strong chemical detergent. On the other hand it is actually very easy to look after silk. In summary: clean gently with water and only mild detergent. Avoid: sunlight, alkaline solutions, sweat, oil, biological cleaning powders, other chemicals and perfumes, all of which can damage the silk.

Compared with the machine-stitched silk commonly available on the market, the material and techniques for Shu embroidery are unique. Hand-stitching is often thick, layered and following the direction of the design to create an artistic whole than looks and feels good. Machine stitched embroidery is often uniform, uni-directional and relatively plain. A good example is our premium cushion cover which is really a work of art, a visual and tactile feast: The smaller products use the same techniques and allow you to enjoy the same quality at a more affordable price.

Shu Brocade is pure hand-stitched silk embroidery made stitch by stitch by master craftspeople. The Shu kingdom was taken over when the Qin dynasty united China over 2,000 years ago and is now part of the Sichuan area around Chengdu. The Shu name and silk making tradition still survives and is used most famously for Shu brocade silk still produced in this area. Shu brocade was recognized as the highest quality production and reserved for the Imperial court and official robes, and a Brocade officer was appointed in Chengdu to control production.

Authentic silk is a natural protein fibre produced by caterpillars. The material is quite different from man-made material and has a special lustre or shine that changes with the angle of the light. Since silk is made from natural protein, it should be looked after differently compared with other materials. Most importantly, it cannot be washed with washing machine or any strong chemical detergent. On the other hand it is actually very easy to look after silk. In summary: clean gently with water and only mild detergent. Avoid: sunlight, alkaline solutions, sweat, oil, biological cleaning powders, other chemicals and perfumes, all of which can damage the silk.



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