Kiri Paulownia Wood Tea Case by Studio Gala

This beautiful 'Kiri' paulownia wood tea case is made by skilled craftsmen in a studio in Aizu which specialises in finalising paulownia goods. This final process applies the same time-consuming method as the one used for traditional paulownia cabinets: first they burn the surface by a gas burner, then they take off the soot by a buff, and finally they dab polishing powder on it and polish it with wax. This procedure contributes to keeping the inside of the boxes (and other similar goods) in good condition and, at the same time, to preventing the outside from getting stained by use. Furthermore, it leads to retaining the beauty of the wood grain and texture. As is known widely, the wood keeps breathing delicately even after being processed, absorbing and discharging moisture.

The aforementioned carbonisation process is a unique method of wood surface treatment invented in Japan in order to maintain the breathing function and also to adapt to the Japanese changeable climate with distinct four seasons. It allows wooden boxes to adjust their humidity level both inside and outside and prevents the material from distortion.

About Paulownia

Paulownia (kiri in Japanese), is known as the “Princess Tree” and is closely tied to female identity. It was once customary to plant a paulownia tree when a baby girl was born, with some wealthy families planting up to three saplings per daughter. The fast-growing tree would mature as the girl did, so that when she reached the age of marriage it could be cut and made into wooden articles for her dowry. On her marriage day, the parents would present her with a chest of paulownia wood carved from her tree, to store kimono and other fine garments.

Size L 10 x W 9 x H 17 cm

Weight Approximately 200 g

Wipe with moistened cloth to clean.

* Natural wood could  warp and distort when expose to sources of heat and moisture. In particular, since paulownia is vulnerable to drying, if slight warping occurs, please move to a place with high humidity or put water in the cup and place near the rice container. By creating an environment with relative humidity, the warp will disappear slowly and naturally.

Studio GALA is  establised by Ryoichi Kobayashi in1982. The brand focuses on the use the traditional crafts materials and techniques of various parts of Japan and propose a high-quality range that suits contemporary lifestyle. Studio Gala 's products are all about everyday use.