Yixing teapots are the rage in Malaysia now. Easterntea speaks to a
Malaysian expert on this and found that the reason being that most experts
believe that the clay used for such teapots are depleteable. In addition,
most experts believe that tea brewed from older teapots taste better. As for
the reason why, many do not really understand.
The reason why Malaysian Chinese are collecting teapots made during the
cultural revolution is because these teapots were made from 1960s to first
half of 1970s. As such they have gone through a few decades of usage. Many
believe that the more times the teapots are used for brewing, the better the
tea would taste in the teapot. Thus, going for such teapots would ensure
that the pots are at least used for a couple of decades. They then take
pains to distinguish the older teapots from the new and pay high prices for
Many of such collectors would not even consider new teapots at all, no
matter how well made they are or how creative they are in terms of shapes
and techniques. They also believed that it is better to snap up as many of
such teapots as possible so that they have a stock of these teapots. They
believed that Taiwanese collectors are hoarding such teapots and releasing
them on the market in highly restricted numbers. As a result, they want to
ensure that they do not fall victim to the Taiwanese teapot cartels.
In addition to teapots, handdrawn teacups are also the rage in Malaysia.
These cups are made in the 1970s. As a result, tehy exhibit great
craftsmanship as well as high quality.
Teapots according to them originated in Song dynasty. But due to
technological backwardness, they were unable to extract the fine and
superior Yixing clay from the ground. As a result, such teapots were made in
small quantities and very limited. It became popular in MIng Dynasty.
Extracted from Singapore's daily newspaper, The Straits Times
on 31 Aug 2001.
Dr. Mahathir is Prime Minister of Malaysia.