On Kickstarter, CHAO (Han Purple Edition) Playing Cards

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On Kickstarter, CHAO (Han Purple Edition) Playing Cards

Han Purple Edition is the latest edition to the CHAO Playing Cards Series by MPC seeking funds on Kickstarter. This historical deck of cards pays tribute to four of the greatest and most recognized dynasties in Chinese history – Han, Tang, Ming, and Qing. 

Each dynasty has an outstanding and reputable Emperor, Empress, and General, each with their own notorious traits and fascinating stories. The CHAO depicts these influential men and women that were renowned and celebrated from each of the four famous dynasties. 

The fifth edition of the CHAO playing card deck series takes on a Han purple color. According to the campaign page,
Purple is a very important and traditional color in China and used in ancient and imperial China from the Western Zhou period (1045–771 BC) until the end of the Han dynasty (circa 220 AD). Han purple was first used in paints in the Qin dynasty for the Terracotta Army in the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang symbolizing luxury and strong status. This symbolism comes from the Emperor period when the king’s advisors were dressed in purple. Also, in ancient Chinese myths, especially those related to Taoism, fairies often dressed in purple.

Inside, each suit i.e. Spades, Hearts, Clubs, and Diamonds reflects one of the four chosen dynasties (Han, Tang, Ming, and Qing). The Chinese Emperors, Empresses, and Generals for the King, Queen, and Jack cards all represent great power, wealth, and wisdom, each with different traits and personalities, and each dynasty holds its own trademarks to differentiate them from others. Inspired by these different elements, each Emperor features distinct clothing and accessories from their era, Empress’s have different hairpieces and hold the instrument that they played and Generals wear armor and yield the weapon used to fight in their notorious battles. 

The 4 custom aces include very detailed Chinese patterns. MPC also added a Chinese dragon on the ace of spades – a symbolism of imperial power and strength. The Han purple is used on the card backs. 

The tuck box completes the overall aesthetics of the deck and comes in a carefully chosen color to represent Han Purple. Embossing and gold foil stamping is used to symbolize wealth and royalty. The sticker seal on the tuck box uses a stamp cutting design. 

The deck is manufactured by MPC in China on the M32 linen air stock with the highly sought-after BETA finishing. Pledge starts at $14 on Kickstarter. Only 2500 will be produced. 


On Kickstarter, CHAO (Han Purple Edition) Playing Cards Reviewed by Ivan on 11/15/2021 Rating: 5

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