betta wrote: chrl42 wrote:
I do know Mao was tea drinker and loved drinking Longjing everyday and ate the leaf left-overs (Hunan custom)..but it doesn't mean he did all that help to a tea culture as a tea drinker. Most notoriously, they cut down those old trees in Yunnan...'specially Yiwu where was the most famous Puerh area once..invented Shu and started mass-producing Bings. Mass-produced those commercial pots using scarce Huanglongshan clay...which ended in clay depletion to this day..!
Above all, I want Mao's da hong pao plucked from those original bushes.
Chrl, do you by any chance know how he prepared his tea? also using Huanglongshan yixing teapot or something else? Just curious why there's specific instruction to mass produce teaware from scarce clay.
Maybe Gaiwan? I've never heard he used a Yixing...
Factory-1 was founded in communistic idea..they thought expensive Yixing wares should go to every person in cheap price. So they made many moulds...produced in mass quantity using moulds for the first time in Yixing history (was Wang Yin-chun's idea and Gu Jing-zhou opposed that idea very badly). Mould-using can fasten the time of making pots +10 times than hand-making...the quantity enlarged therefore.
Beginning time of Factory-1 (5~60s)..way of using moulds was not completely set up. They were like hand-made/mould-using. By 70s they were just fully backed up by moulds..the quantity enlarged..touched by hands reduced...etc there are reasons why they keep saying older the better...IMHO