The biggest joy of a tea lover is to repurpose things and give them a second life by using them in their tea space. The chajin that appreciate wild aged tea will enjoy this chabu that links us back to the 1900s. This is a rare find of handwoven linen cloth that originates from Germany. It is an admirable burlap fabric, very firm, with somewhat irregularly hand-spun threads, handwoven more than 100 years ago. Genuinely hand made and organic with occasional spots of blades of grass, pieces of leaves and straw woven in. When Yuliya from www.yuliya.life found it she took time and used traditional methods to clean it and prepare it for dyeing with natural colours. The structure of plant fiber has got a layer of protection on it which gives fabric strength and durability but prevents pigments from binding to it. Dyeing fabric in a natural way takes attention, observation and exploration but the result is well worth it. Like there are no two tea leaves alike, there are not two strands of grass that are the same by looking at this chabu one can take hours to admire it. Colours and pattern are created with dian hong leaves and rust that has been left in touch with the fabric over time to develop fascinating imprints.
One side has more intense colors and patterns, another a bit paler. The photo shows several so you get an idea if the range of patterning. All fabrics have been laundered and dried as normal. They are colorfast but may gently fade with time and exposure to sunlight.
Each chabu is different and all beautiful.
Size 24 x 13 in // 61 x 33 cm.
120-year-old Naturally Dyed Linen
A chabu/runner is the foundation of your tea stage. Please be sure to iron it before using for the best results. Old school I know, but necessary.
Hand wash only.
Keeping it limited
Number of chabu was made: 7
Care for teaware is a small online company, so everything is made in incredibly limited runs. That means that any piece you buy here you are not going to see all over the places, only a few other people in the world might own one.