Does anybody know anything about Chinese tradition or culture, that would help me with this?
We have had an extension built onto our house and the architect is a Chinese gentleman. He is very lovely and has been a great help; I would like to make him a gift, to show our appreciation.
I’m a bookbinder, so I thought I would make a hand bound leather notebook or journal, with some lovely crisp, cream-coloured paper that I have.
Would such a gift be acceptable to a Chinese gentleman? He has lived in UK for a while, but seems quite traditional in his outlook, so I would like to show respect for his own cultural roots (without it being creepy about it!).
Is there a colour that is especially nice/ good / welcome, for a gift - ie. a particular colour that would be nice for the leather book cover? And, is there any colour I should avoid?
I know that many Chinese people regard certain numbers as auspicious or lucky. I thought I might try to match the number of pages in the book, to an auspicious number - just to be nice. Would this be a good idea and if so, can you help with a good number, somewhere between 55-90 perhaps?
Last question: Does all this sound good, or does it sound silly? Should I just get over myself and make the damn book, or is it right / nice to try and make it in a good colour etc?