Gen Zers in China Rediscover Retro Calligraphy and Colored Ink

If you consider fountain pens and calligraphy outdated, think again. Old-timey art and writing instruments have been making a comeback, especially among Gen Zers in China.

Colored ink has been used in China since the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644), but was only accessible to royalty then.

It was made available to the public during the Republic of China (1912-1949), and has gained a new audience in the 21st century: A passionate group of young female students.

Ink lovers have formed close-knit communities and often take to social media to discuss their ink collections, share their works, and connect with like-minded individuals.

Many are particularly fond of colored inks with soft hues. Plant-based and recyclable products are also trendy, in keeping with a growing awareness of environmental responsibility.

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