End of Cinnabar, Plastics BandedBy Mark Chervenka
End of Cinnabar, Plastics Blaned
Trade reports from Asia suggest that cinnabar is no longer being made in China. The situation is blamed on plastic factories from Taiwan which specialize in reproduction cinnabar. Mainland workers claim plastic has all but destroyed the trade in traditional handmade Chinese cinnabar.
Technically, cinnabar is crystallized mercuric sulphide. It has been used for thousands of years as a coloring agent because of its intense red-orange color. Commonly, cinnabar refers to vases, snuff bottles and other objects made of carved layers of red-colored lacquer.