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The abandoned Dayi Nannuo factory, and about the continuity of leaves

Close to our forests in the Nannuo mountain peak and our own tea factory there are the ruins of this gargantuan, old Menghai Cha Chang facility, whose technological vanguard and productive excellence led the whole tea industry, working on the once imperial tea leaves of the nearby peaks.It was born in the 1940 after a long period of studies and travels by a team composed by the best world tea expert of the time. The project had been commissioned by the Kuomingtang, the “blacks”, whose aim was to reach the maximum ever expressed by tea, as a pure Chinese cultural symbol. Mr. Yan Da worked there when he was between 10 and 34 years old, and now that turned 51...

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The traditional Chinese lanterns soul is made of wires, perfectly handcrafted by an artisan who has spent years and years looking for the ideal balance between every single wire of the thousands which composes it. Mr. Zhao is an old Beijinger artisan, who has learnt this art from his grandfather. His manual skills reached the top in the tradition, and Atlas Design Studio used his ability to create new designs bringing wires and illuminations to new steps. These new lamps are now in the most avantgarde hotels and private places of Beijing, and Mr. Zhao and Atlas are now developing new application to bring this artisan skills into new lives. Our three kind of tea leaves – white, red, and...

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Eastern Leaves at the Beijing Design Week 2015

Our Eastern Leaves have brought us to the Beijing Design Week, part of the installation by Atlas Design Studio. There are our teas and there is a taciturn craftsman, a master of metal wire-works. We are his wild tea house, resembling those wild tea houses that really existed during the Ming Dynasty, places that welcomed all the not-official people that couldn’t enter in the Forbidden City: it was the hearth of the old Beijing, among which the best artisans and hand-crafters, that went there to drink tea, to show and to teach their art. Atlas Studio took our being “wild tea tree keepers” and made us the “wild tea house keepers”, the welcoming facade for a multitude of people with whom we...

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This the first bud we have seen in the hilltop we own, on Nov 26th, 2014. It is the first gem the land shared with us, and the first message I leave here, while – four months later – I sit in a wooden house getting ready to pick up the first tea leaves of the season.

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