tirsdag 15. mars 2016

Beijing's master ivory carvers cling to a controversial art

When Li Chunke started carving ivory in 1964, the number of elephants in Africa was still on the rise. Demand for ivory in China was practically non-existent and tusks could be bought for under $7 a kilogram. Today, this figure is closer to $1,100 -- according to research by Save the Elephants. But while this marks a significant increase over the course of Li's career, the price of coveted xiangya (elephant teeth) has almost halved over the last 18 months. Read more