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Chopsticks were pioneered during the Shang Dynasty reign and have been subjected to tremendous tradition and design changes. Originally, chopsticks were called Zhu. The oldest pair of chopsticks were crafted using bronze and later bamboo became the widely used material to make chopsticks because of its desirable qualities. Other widely used materials included wood, jade, and metal. The last King of the Shang Dynasty, however, instructed their artisans to curve chopsticks from ivory. Kuai-Zi is one of the most traditional Chinese designs and were characterized with blunt ends, 9 to 10 inches long, and they were rectangular in shape. 

Chopsticks came about as a necessity invention after their resources were limited. They were forced to be more inventive in their cooking methodologies and diets. They cut their food into small pieces when cooking and this method rendered table knives replaceable.

One of the types of chopsticks that received a high amplitude of popularity and attention were those who were made from silver. This was due to the belief that they could detect poison in the food. The royal families widely used this type of chopsticks. The chemical reaction between the silver and hydrogen sulfide which is produced by certain ingredients. The reaction caused a color change on the chopsticks, and this was an indication of food poison to them.

Chopsticks slowly diffused throughout Asia by 500 AD. The spread is attributed to the teachings of Confucius who was a vegetarian. According to him sharp utensils at the dinner table killed the happiness and cheerful mood that was supposed to reign over meal times. Japan is one of the countries that adopted this tradition and unlike other regions they viewed chopsticks as holy items. This meant that they could only be utilized during religious celebrations. The Japanese changed the design and tradition of their chopsticks, and by the 17th century, they manufactured them using lacquer wood.

As the evolution of chopstick continues, we introduce our version of luxurious chopsticks. The history behind these simple dining utensils has inspired our designs. Our vibrant designs are blended with a modern glass fiber synthesis process to give our customers a product that not only looks and feels good, but one that is safe to use, reusable, and a quality product.

 

 

December 15, 2016 by Aram Kavoukjian