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Nanbu Ironware Teapot set - 3 color variations - 南部鉄器 急須セット 三色

OITOMI
$312

Overview

"a Teapot (L160mm, W140mm, H130mm, 0.5 litter)

A pot mat (L120mm, W120mm, H20mm)

5 Saucers (Diameter of each color variation: Black 110mm, Red 100mm, White:120mm)

Hand Towel (L360mm W450mm)

The box that contains all the items above: (L270, W300, H100, 2900g)

Estimated delivery: For 10-14 days

Product code: 000IT0001

Description

"The Nanbu Ironware is one of the famous Japanese traditional craft. It is a perfect gift for a special occation, yourself or for your tea-loving friend!

Black set features the ""Ara-re"" finish on its surface which helps the teapot to maintain its heat longer.

Red set features the Dragonfly symbol. Dragonfly is considered to bring good luck and victory, because it always fly ahead no matter what.

White set feasures the Hyotan (Gourd). Since its shape resemble the number 8, Hyotan has been regarded as an omen of good fortune.

- The handle is movable
- Include tea strainer
- Enamel coating on the inside which prevent elution of iron.
- Even though it has similar shape to a kettle, it cannon be put on fire.
- To prevent making scratches & black stain caused by placing wet kettle directly on the object, please use the pot mat included in the set."

History

"The Nanbu Ironware 400 years of history and each item goes through average of 60 process, the most of them still done by hand.
Its display a distictive sense of craftman ship and Wabi-sabi, a concept exclusive to Japan which focuses on the beauty of acceptance in one another as well as the beauty of things modest and humble."


History of Nambu Ironware

Japanese handmade crafts have long been prized for their fine quality and simple beauty. Nambu Tekki (Nambu ironware) is one such craft, with the most renowned types most likely the tetsubin (iron kettle used for boiling water) and kyusu (teapot).

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Nambu ironware is a specialty of Iwate Prefecture in the Tohoku region. The area around prefectural capital, Morioka, was formerly known as Nambu during the Edo period (1603-1868). It is thought that the production of Nambu ironware started in that area at the end of the 17th century, when craftsmen who came to the area from Kyoto started producing various ironware. The further development of the metalwork industry in the region was driven by two main factors: the first, was that production materials for metal casting were abundantly available in the local surroundings, including metal ores, good quality clay, and charcoal; the second, was the stylish appearance and tactile allure of Nambu ironware made the products popular among feudal lords during the Edo period, and resulted in the industry becoming protected.

Initially, ironwork in the area focused on the production of cauldrons. However, with the growth in popularity of tea ceremony, cauldrons were gradually transformed into tea kettles, by making them smaller in size and adding a spout and handle. Nowadays, in addition to tea kettles, ironworkers around Morioka City specialize in the production of around 35 different products, including wind chimes, ashtrays, ornaments and vases. The increasing popularity of Nambu ironware contributed to the decision by the Japanese government to designate it as a traditional craft in 1975.

How Is Nambu Ironware Made?

Cast iron kettle heated in bright red

Nambu ironware is made by hand, using original techniques that have been passed down through generations over last 400 years. First, a sand or clay mold is created, and a design etched into the mold. As these molds are only able to be used once, every Nambu ironware is one of a kind. Molten iron is then poured into the mold and fired. During casting, the insides of the ironware are baked over a charcoal fire and then left to oxidize for a certain amount of time, and then the process is repeated. This method prevents rusting, and makes the ironwork more durable.

What Distinguishes Nambu Ironware
from Other Ironware in the world?

Nambu ironware has a refined form inspired by the traditional Japanese wabi sabi aesthetic, a concept that emphasizes the beauty in simplicity and imperfection—ideals also sought after in traditional tea ceremony. Nambu ironware is distinguished by its unique surface decorations, such as the hailstone (arare) pattern. As well as providing visual and tactile appeal, these patterns thicken the body of kettles, and promotes temperature retention.

More recently, Nambu ironware has received renewed interest throughout the world, as the demand for natural and handmade products has increased. Additionally, water boiled in a Nambu kettle is imbued with minerals of the ironware, imparting a mild yet pleasant taste, and is thought to positive health benefits, such as iron supplementation. And with each use, the overall quality of the water improves.

How to Use Nambu Tekki?

As most Nambu tea kettles do not have a vent in the lid to allow steam to escape, it is recommended that the lid is placed slightly off center, so steam can be released when heating water. A completely closed lid results in inner pressure, which may cause ejection of hot water from the spout of the kettle. When pouring water, it is recommended that the lid is firmly secured on the kettle, and the handle of the kettle is held with a piece of cloth. For a safe use of Nambu tea kettle, a water capacity of 80% and below is recommended.

How to Care for a Nambu Tekki Kettle

To preserve Nambu Tekki kettles, it is important to not leave any water remaining inside the kettle after usage, as well as not placing a waterless kettle over heat. Both actions could damage the kettle and cause rusting.

Umemaruko Cast iron surface detail

Why Did A-Janaika Japan
Choose to Sell Nambu Ironware?

A-Janaika Japan is committed to fostering good relationships with Japanese artisans and promoting their work, such as the Nambu ironware craftsmen.  This is to provide international customers with a bigger selection of unique Japanese products, and to support the welfare of Japanese artisans.

We aim to make these products accessible to the market by keeping the price as low as possible, and offering Free worldwide shipping for all the purchase over 100USD.

Order & Delivery Details

Payment methods: Payments can be made by PayPal or bank transfer, depending on the type of armor being ordered.
Paypal
Delivery: Worldwide
EMS FedexE-Packet
Shipping Fee:

Free Worldwide Shipping Campaign!: Starting from December 2016, ALL the purchase above 100 USD will be free of shipping fee. This applies to all international shipment.

Delivery Time:

It takes about 4 - 7 days after you receive a notification email from us. Anywhere in the world via FedEx and EMS (unless some accident occurs). Tracking code will be sent to you to ensure secure shipment.

Insurance: A-Janaika covers 100% of purchase if the price of the item exceeds JPY 500,000. If the item is damaged or lost in the delivery* the customer receives either a 100% refund or a replacement item.*Subject to insurance company assessment. A damage or broken parts can be covered in above-mentioned insurance within 7 days from its arrival.
Cancellations: While we have a no-cancellation policy, we make sure to clearly communicate with all our customers to determine the correct item is requested before transactions are made.
Customs & Duty: As customs and duty vary from each country, this cost is incurred by the customer.