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[CLOSED][GB] Seven Studio Rhinocerotic Lacquer Artisan
« on: Mon, 20 November 2023, 00:18:53 »


SEVEN Studio is a new Artisan stuido, who is dedicated to creating keycaps with traditional Chinese Lacquer techniques.

Here is their first keycap to the global mechanical keyboard community -- Rhinocerotic Lacquer keycap.

SPEC

  • Rhinoceros-skin Lacquer technique
  • Pottery keycap
  • Similar with Cherry Profile ESC row height

TIMEFRAME

  • GB Closed on 10th December PST
  • Estimated delivery April 2024 (due to the traditional process, the estimated delivery time will be a bit longer.)

ABOUT KEYCAP

Rhinocerotic Lacquer is a traditional Chinese lacquer technique. As it looks like Rhinoceros skin after completely lacquering, people name the thing which is lacquered with such technique as Rhinoceros-skin (XIPI) lacquer.

SEVEN Studio uses the technique on creating keycaps.

ABOUT Rhinoceros-skin lacquer technique

XIPI Lacquer, Rhinoceros-skin lacquer in English, aka Tiger-skin lacquer, is one of techniques in traditional Chinese coating process. Because the surface looks like Rhinoceros skin or tiger skin after lacquering layers by layers, the technique is named as Rhinoceros-skin or tiger-skin lacquer.

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Re: [GB] Seven Studio Rhinocerotic Lacquer Artisan
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Re: [GB] Seven Studio Rhinocerotic Lacquer Artisan
« Reply #2 on: Tue, 28 November 2023, 00:53:08 »
What is XiPi?

XiPi can be wirrten as 犀皮, 西皮 or 犀毗 in Chinese.  In English, it is commonly known as Rhinoceros-skin lacquer when searching on google or wikipedia. If you read the book 《髹饰录》(Xiu Shi Lu) , you will be aware of that the translation may mislead the true meaning of the technique. Therefore, we use the term Rhinocerotic instead of Rhinoceros-skin, as it isn't crafted by real Rhinoceos skin. As a technique of lacquer, Rhinoceoric lacquer involves at least 5 colours (originally ranging from black to red, and from red to yellow, etc.),  and craftman meticulously apply these layers, allowing the colours to emerge and shape into a texture resembling Rhinoceros skin, accurately, the texture surrounding Rhinoceros navel.Ornament adoned with such lacquer technique is referred to as XiPi.

The pattern or texture created with XiPi lacquer technique can resemble cloud, flowers or pinaceae. The surface is characterized by its cleanliness and smoothness. In traditional Chinese aesthetics, the cleaner and smoother, the XiPi lacquer is better.