Chinese NFTs Securely Transferred Using Cosmos TIBC Protocol

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Chinese NFTs Can Now be Securely Transferred Using Cosmos TIBC Protocol.

IRISnet has been a long-standing supporter of the Cosmos ecosystem. Our company was founded in 2016. We have contributed significantly to the Cosmos tech stack. In 2019, we launched our mainnet at the same moment as the Cosmos Hub. Bianjie, who is part of IRISnet, received funds from ICF in Q4 2020 to help drive Cosmos enterprise adoption on IRITA OPB. This open permissioned blockchain was developed by Bianjie and initiated by BSN. We are now focusing on our mission to drive enterprise adoption and hit major milestones in the blockchain ecosystem.

NFTs, which are digital twins of fine art Chinese paintings, were transferred successfully from BSN OPB, Open Permissioned Blockchain, WenChang Chain, to Ethereum via Cosmos TIBC protocol. Each of these NFTs can be linked to a replica of a well-known traditional Chinese painting by Rongbaozhai, a historical and internationally-respected Chinese national brand that dates back nearly 350 years. It has hosted many cultural exchange events for the most prestigious state guests visiting China. These NFTs, which originated at China WenChang, are now available on OpenSea EASTIP to global markets. One of the main features specifies the right of taking delivery of these highly regarded Chinese paintings.

Backed by the Interchain Foundation (ICF), the steward of the Cosmos network, TIBC protocol has been developed as a subset of the IBC protocol with some modifications to simplify interchain connections and expand interchain capabilities so that digital assets with complicated real-world data can be transferred frictionlessly and trustlessly across blockchains. Additionally, users that engage with this advanced interchain NFT technology can satisfy their core business needs, using blockchain technology that upholds strong quality and compliance standards and supports the trustworthy communication of information within cross-country business.

The First Interchain NFT Transfer Between 4 Blockchains

This landmark interchain NFT transfer process involved four blockchain networks in both the permissioned environment BSN as well as public chain domain: WenChang Chain and IRITA Hub in BSN, IRIS Hub (a.k.a IRISnet) and Ethereum. Such a collaboration illustrates how interchain technology can be used to support global commerce that involves different jurisdiction requirements. For example, BSN OPB supports Chinese artworks’ registration and domestic commerce, and, for global commerce, interchain technology allows these artworks to circulate to public chain-based global markets with trustworthy data. Following are the screenshots for the NFT transfer blockchain transaction and you can click the embedded IRIS Hub and Ethereum block explorer links.

https://irishub.iobscan.io/#/tx?txHash=4B9B7211EDF7851B6CD00736D18B16A9BB1DE645FC8E0E24FA38EF79663C00C0; //etherscan.io/tx/0x32ea67e5662722798d90db9e568a9a18ef43fb8d4e8ab62685cd58936e87c8fc

If you’re interested in what’s going on under the hood, below is a chart to illustrate the process of going through different blockchains:

  1. Authentication and Registration: The registration of these artwork NFTs can be done through IP.PUB which is a Digital Artwork Registration Platform that serves as part of the Chinese National Culture Digital Library initiative, which is led by the China Promoting Minority Culture & Art Association. IP.PUB provides enterprise services to authenticate the origin of the artworks (Step 1 in the above chart).
  2. Digitization of Artworks through NFTs: Through the NFT technology provided by IRITA OPB, the artwork’s rich information including various official certificates and the right of taking delivery, etc., can be digitized on the WenChang chain (Step 2). WenChang Chain supports KYC which makes regulation compliance possible. IP.PUB also supports the sales of these artworks domestically in China using E-CNY or other legitimate token-less payment methods (Step 3).
  3. NFT Cross-chain Transfer: For global commerce, through the TIBC protocol, NFTs can be transferred to IRIS Hub which already supports the TIBC connection to Ethereum. IRIS Hub also plans to support connections to more networks in the first quarter of 2022. The design of two Hubs involved is to better support compliance requirements: IRIS Hub for openness and working with global open networks, and IRITA Hub with KYC only serves legitimate enterprise commerce-related interchain transactions in and out of Chinese markets (Step 4).
  4. Post Cross-chain Transfer: After the cross-chain transfer, these NFTs can be purchased or transferred in the global marketplace on popular platforms such as Opensea (Step 5). Eventually, the owner of the NFT can choose to redeem the physical artwork based on the right of receiving delivery (Step 6).

Driving Enterprise Adoption with Cosmos IBC

Cosmos has promoted its industry-leading interchain technology to mass business adoption, set a new paradigm for NFTs, and established how interchain technology can be used to support global commerce for different jurisdiction requirements. This will incubate more interchain NFT implementations in the realms of cultural exchange and trustworthy global trade. It connects exquisite traditional Chinese artworks to the rest of the world in an innovative manner. With so many authorized organizations involved in this process and an increasing number of traditional Chinese artworks being tokenized, more and more people will start to show interest in exploring this completely new realm.

With the best features inherited from both the public chain and consortium chain, BSN OPB WenChang Chain leverages open consensus engine Tendermint with high-level security, making it one of the best tools for handling different compliance requirements and addressing complicated real-world business needs. The successful cross-chain transfer of traditional Chinese artwork NFTs unveils diverse possibilities of exploring more business implementations through OPBs and interchain technology. With Bianjie’s commitment to the Internet of Values, watch out for more value-focused innovations to come to the Internet of Blockchains!

About WenChang Chain

Currently, there are various use cases on WenChang Chain, such as Blockchain Electronic Certificate System for Dujiangyan City, Spider ID Trusted Identity Service Platform, NFT Management Platform Moka, Global Digital Art Trading Market Platform, Asia Digital Bank Digital Banking System, and more.

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