As a century-old ink maker, Yi De Ge offers a variety of ink using techniques passed down from generation to generation. To calligraphy writers and traditional Chinese artists, this is one of the best places in Beijing for quality ink. The shop was established almost 150 years ago when a failed imperial exam contender came up with the idea. He wanted the ink to be bright, solid, fragrant, and lasting.
I visited Yi De Ge, located on LiuLiChang East Street. Inside, the shop assistant introduced me to their products, and showed me their advantage over other ink brands. She performed a live demonstration, writing several characters on paper. The characters came out clearly. There¡¯s no saturation of ink. And I smelled no offensive odor. All signs of great ink. In fact, many traditional Chinese painters and calligraphers only use Yi De Ge for their works.
A box of ink (250g) sold for RMB 8. They also carry a selection of inkpad for RMB 200 to RMB 100. The shop assistant was easy-going, and could speak a little English.
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