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Chinese Teapot - A Symbol In Itself
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Tea itself is of Chinese origin, so is the use of teapots. However, the invention of teapots came at least 500 years after tea was first made to drink. It wasn't until the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) that the first teapots were created.
The most popular teapots in this time were produced in the YiXing region of China. They were made from purple clay, called "zisha clay", and are known to be of fine texture and high quality. It is said that, after using a Yixng tea pot for decades, you can brew tea simply by pouring boiling water into the pot.
In China, teapots have changed little. From their first introduction to the West in the late 1600's, Western teapots have undergone many transformations while Chinese ones have stayed the same. They are a symbol for purity of water and 'love pouring from heaven'.
June 29th, 2011
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