Q+A13 Ivory Chopsticks – made in Hong Kong?
From Newsletter 7, sent out on 30th June 2013.
Hugh Farmer saw an AFCD sign by the path leading to Sheung Yiu Folk Museum, Sai Kung, which said,
“Rough leaves of the sandpaper vine, Tetracera Asiatica, were used for polishing ivory chopsticks and tinware…”
I wonder when, where and by whom such chopsticks were made in Hong Kong?
The Image on the Home Page are of “Ivory chopsticks seized by the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department and displayed during a news conference in Hong Kong November 15, 2011.” Courtesy: Reuters
See: Tetracera indica Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
This Q+A was first published on 6th November 2013.
If you can provide further information about the production of ivory chopsticks in Hong Kong or indeed of chopsticks made of any material please contact:
Hugh Farmer indhhk at gmail dot com