inkston.com is a new site offering chinese fine art information and artisanal art materials including art galleries, guides and stories, Xuan papers & brushes, Sheyan inkstones, Old Hu Kai Wen inks, JingdeZhen art ceramics.
We are aiming to provide the best online resource at fair prices by identifying and supplying direct from the best workshops in China, which we also picture and feature in our stories on the site.
Inkston is a registered trade mark and was founded by Luo Yan to bring the best traditional craftsmanship from China and making it available to the world. Unless stated specifically, all the Inkston products are handcrafted. Chinese silks, silver and art materials developed to a very high level over 1,000 years ago. Some of the traditional workshops still survive, producing the same high quality output. These workshops are increasingly under threat from the modern world. We are helping keep them alive and show the rest of the world the high quality work that China can produce.
We are bringing valuable craftsmanship back into everyday life, so life can be enriched with high quality arts and crafts.
We are working with traditional workshops, which have been struggling on the edge of existence: in the last five years, over 70-80% Xuan Paper workshops have been closed down due to the fierce competition from modern papers. Xuan Paper is eco-friendly, sustainable, and recyclable and due to the unique materials and production methods it has characteristics that cannot be replicated by modern industry.
We want to help Xuan paper and other highly developed craftsmanship to reach wider audience through the global internet and to continue to pass on and develop their living traditions for generations to come.
Please see our stories for more information and see our shop for original and traditional chinese art products.