This work is inspired by Japanese traditional dyeing technique called Dorozome which is a type of mud dyeing technique that originated from Southern Japan island Amami Oshima. 

I was stunned by the idea that soil and clay could color fabric so I asked potter Petr Novak for clay for dyeing and he gave me iron-rich clay, which he uses to make kettles.

And of course, this natural clay and low-impact dyes are combined with environmentally friendly fibers such as linen and cotton to create sustainable and colorful chabu.


Chabu is named after the most famous on planet Earth oolong Tieguanyin that is named after the Chinese Iron Goddess of Mercy Guanyin :)

One side has more intense colors and patterns, another a bit paler. The photo shows several so you get an idea of the range of patterning. They are colorfast but may gently fade with time and exposure to sunlight. Each chabu is different and all beautiful.

Size 57 x 14 in // 145 x 35 cm.

Iron Goddess - Clay Dyed Chabu

  • Upkeep

    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: 5


    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.