Chopsticks play an important role in Chinese food culture. They are called Kuaizi in Chinese and were called Zhu in ancient times. Chinese people have been using Kuaizi as one of the main tableware for more than 2,000 years. Chopsticks may be made of any of the several materials: bamboo, wood, gold, silver, ivory, pewter and plastics but bamboo and wood chopsticks are the most popular ones used in Chinese homes.This pair of chopsticks are adorned with delicately engraved silvery floral incrustation at the tops and matched with two chopsticks rests of Mandarin Ducks. Mandarin Ducks are frequently featured in Oriental art and are regarded as a symbol of conjugal affection and fidelity. A Chinese proverb for loving couples uses the Mandarin duck as a metaphor: "Two swimming mandarin ducks". The Mandarin Duck symbol is also used in Chinese weddings.