Migakidashi Tea Caddy
A beautiful tea caddy hand crafted in Kakunodate, a former samurai town in today’s Akita Prefecture, famous for its samurai traditions and hundreds of weeping cherry trees.
It’s a stunning example of kabazaiku (樺細工), the traditional Japanese art of fashioning woodworks out of the bark of a cherry tree, which began as a secondary vocation for samurai in the town over 200 years ago. These skills and techniques have been passed on artisan to artisan through the generations.
Through a process called ‘migaki-dashi (polishing up), the craftsmanship of kabazaiku highlights the warmth of the cherry bark and makes each piece one-of-a-kind. That warm red will deepen with use.
Tea caddies are great for storing loose leaf tea and transporting it around.
This tea caddy is made from a tin interior wrapped with wild cherry tree bark and matching lid. Cherry bark acts as a natural insulator against heat and humidity, as well as being antibacterial, whilst the tin helps keep tea leaves fresh.
Comes gift boxed.
Wipe clean with a soft dry cloth. Measures just over 11cm tall, for 150g of tea.
Presented wrapped in a gift box and tissue paper.