Tea sets

By Emma Chang | 10 December 2018 | 0 Comments
China's tea sets, a wide variety, beautiful shape, both practical value and artistic beauty, so, well-known at China and abroad. 
In the history of tea drinking in China, whether it is tea drinking customs, cooking methods, or tea processing, has undergone many changes. As a special tool for drinking tea, there must be a process of development and change.

The development of tea sets in the primitive society, human life is simple, the diet is a earthen pottery, and later invented the use of black pottery. It can be seen that in the initial stage of use of tea, it is impossible to have a special tea set, which is mostly shared with other foods. It is used in a variety of ways, in wooden or ceramic bowls.
The method of cooking tea is also constantly changing with the improvement of tea production technology and the development of tea. When the wild tea tree was first discovered, fresh leaves were collected and cooked in a pot to make soup. The cooking method and utensils at this time were very simple.
The production of tea sets began in the slave society. At that time, the main tea sets were pots for making tea and bowls for drinking tea. With the evolution of the times, tea consumption is wide-ranging. Because of the different types of tea consumed, the customs are different, and the objects of consumption are different. The form of tea sets, the matching of tea sets, and the materials used for tea sets are constantly changing.

During the Qin and Han Dynasties, the method of making tea was to put the tea into a porcelain pot and put it into boiling water, and add onion, ginger and orange peel to taste. There are simple special utensils for drinking tea. From the Qin and Han Dynasties to the Tang Dynasty, with the expansion of drinking tea areas and customs, people's understanding of the use of tea has promoted the development of the pottery industry, and porcelain has emerged. Tea sets are becoming more sophisticated.
In the middle of the Tang Dynasty, the consumption of tea in the north increased, which caused the rise of porcelain kiln in various places. It can be seen that the utensils for tea and tea drinking in the Tang Dynasty are very complicated.
In Tang Dynasty, there were 24 exquisite tea sets in the family. At the same time, there is a small cabinet with a collection of utensils that can be carried for tea fighting with other people. At that time, the royal family used metal tea sets, while the folks used ceramic tea bowls.
In ancient China, the emphasis on tea and the use of tea sets were also very elegant. People listed tea sets as the necessary artistic conditions for tea.

After the Song Dynasty, the method of drinking tea in China began to change. In addition to ordinary ceramics, the materials used in tea sets are in gold and silver. In the Yuan Dynasty and the Ming Dynasty, in addition to the boiling tea by the frontier people, the consumption of loose leaf tea increased, and it was brewed with boiling water. The type of tea set was simplified, but the quality was improved.
After the Qing Dynasty, in addition to the frontier ethnic minorities, the tea set slowly formed a situation dominated by porcelain and glassware.
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