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Gables, is called ‘cuo tou jiao’ in chaoshan dialect, meaning ear of the home.

 
 
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The towering and tall ‘cuo tou jiao’ is the conspicuous element of Chaoshan traditional houses, and a symbol to recognize home. 

This ‘cuo tou jiao’ is the key element in Prof. Haoyu Li’s design of this salt & pepper shaker set, which makes it realized that Chaoshan people can carry part of his home wherever he is all over the world.

This set contains 2 shakers, 1 shaker holder and a tissue holder, which all inspired by the Chaoshan traditional architecture elements.


The unique and traditional Chaoshan culture is reflected across its food, language and architecture. The harmonious and balance of 5 elements of gold, wood, water, fire and earth from Feng Shui is always emphasized among them, so as in the building of ‘cuo tou jiao’. A rounder and wider shape represents Gold. A rounder but straighter represents Wood. A curving wave top represents Water. A closed angle top represents Fire, and a shorter but slimmer shape represents Earth. For better functional and shaping concern, a Gold ‘cuo tou jiao’ was chose and applied in the design of 2 shakers.

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The shaker holder was inspired by the pond which always located in front of the house. In Chaoshan, house are traditionally built with a mountain in the back and a pond in the front, by which they believe ‘Qi’ was embraced and house was guarded. A peaceful pond, some words of home dialect and a dish from mother recipe top up in every Chaoshanese recall of hometown. 2 shakers and the holder complete a 3D Chinese painting of one’s nostalgia.