Rice writing

Rice writing is the art and skill of being able to write small enough to write on a grain of rice.


Rice writing originated in Ancient Anatolia in Turkey and India. Many rituals and rites use rice as a medium, but at some point in ancient Anatolia artisans who were skilled in making miniature paintings decided to turn their skill to making art with what had always been an ancient symbol of prosperity, the oldest example of which lies in Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, Turkey. The artisans would inscribe messages or names on a single grain of rice after it was treated and polished. Grains that were long and flat were favorites as they offered proper surfaces for writing. Apart from Turkey, India also had a large number of artisans skilled in making miniature art including rice art.


Rice art symbolismEdit

Rice art is considered to bring good luck hence some of its most popular forms is good luck pendants, hope bracelets and cell phone charms.



Within time rice writing and rice art evolved, soon creating rice jewelry where the rice grain was enclosed in a vial with a liquid/oil that magnifies the individual grain making it easier to appreciate the painstaking and intricate details. This went further with rice jewelry like good luck pendants, charm bracelets, anklets and earrings. In modern times most of these artisans and artists set up shop with street side stalls where they can personally write your message or name on a rice grain while displaying their wares and hard work.



Most modern day rice writers use the following tools:

  1. Common long grain white rice: This rice is a flat cylinder shape. Because it is flat it provides two wide surfaces for writing.
  2. Sharp utility knife: This is used to scrape the rice slightly to remove ridges to provide a smooth surface for writing. This scraping method can also be used to remove minor mistakes.
  3. Clay: Some people use a utility gripper clay and others use a modeling clay. The clay is used to hold the rice in place while performing the writing.
  4. Technical pen: This is a drawing pen with an ultra-fine tip. Most pens used are either size .18 (4×0) or .13 (6×0). These can be purchased online, or at some arts and crafts stores.
  5. Waterproof Ink: This ink is sold with the technical pen.

Once the rice writing is complete, it is usually preserved in a small vial of liquid/oil. Many craftsman mount these vials into jewelry such as necklaces, bracelets and key chains.

Your name on a grain of rice.

Mr. Riceman – the legend of how it began. In the early nineties there was a craze that lasted around 10 years. It began in the Caribbean and on the roads of travellers all over the world.

 The art of rice writing is ancient and practised by many over the millennia. Some say it began in Anatolia with the Sufis. Others say it began in India with saddhus or Holy men.  

There are also stories of it being practised by Shaolin monks and Zen masters in China and Japan where rice is the staple food of billions. Mr. Riceman learned this art in 1994. He locked himself in a hotel room on Burghersdorp for 3 days and nights with a few kilos of rice. 

His aim was to write the Lords prayer which had 374 letters on a single grain of rice. After three days he managed to write it in 2 grains of rice and gave up. But from that moment on he continued to write names on rice and preserving them in small containers or mini bottles.

 This passion gave him the means to travel all over the world. Today he still writes on rice and has taught many others to do so.

 Mr Riceman offers you today your name on a grain of rice or any custom design through earthoceans.org. 

 There are many options to carry your rice grain with you. 

Some see it as a lucky charm. Some see it as a sign of love for another. And some see it as a beautiful item to wear. We offer your name or names on a grain of rice as a bracelet, a necklace or precious keepsake. 

Today there are grains of rice in museums or art collections all over the world. Some have been preserved for hundreds of years and are still legible. 

Mr. Riceman will write your name today and ship it off to you wherever you are. Prices include shipping.

Be sure to write your requests in detqil to earthoceans2020@gmail.com when you place your order. Mr Riceman writes in any script and in any language in the face of the planet.

 Each piece will be handmade according to your specifications. 

Standard rice bracelets are given standard prices. Special orders will be extra. This keepsake will be more valuable over the years than even diamonds and gold. 

A ricegrain has priceless value. It is not just any souvenir when written by a rice master. Get yours today whole you still can!

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