Japanese handmade crafts have been prized throughout the years because of their fine quality and simple beauty. Nambu Tekki (Nambu ironware) is one of these talented crafts. These kettles are one of a kind, there are no two alike since each mold can only be used once.
The Koizumi family were the pioneers of the Nambu ironware
The Koizumi family was the first family that started with the pots used for tea ceremonies in the Nambu domain , they also started with the gift items as well. Their works, techniques and secrets were passed from father to son in the family and around the third-generation of Koizumi, a smaller iron kettle than the typical tea ceremony one was produced. They named it the “Nambu iron kettle” and came to be widely appreciated as a tea utensil. In 1908, the eighth-generation of the Koizumi family, created the Nambu ironware in front of the Emperor Taisho, who was just visiting the Tohoku region. Since this event was so important , it came out in the newspapers and soon gained popularity.
What makes Nambu ironware so special
The Nambu ironware is made using a refined form inspired by the traditional Japanese wabi sabi aesthetic, a concept that emphasizes the beauty in simplicity and imperfection—ideals that are used in traditional tea ceremony. Nambu ironware is distinguished by its unique surface decorations, such as the hailstone (arare) pattern. These works provide visual and tact appeal. They are made with patterns that thicken the body of kettles, and promotes temperature retention.
Small Nambu tea kettle
These small kettles are a Japanese piece of art. Those are handmade and one of a kind. Here you can make any type of tea. It´s special production will keep it warm for hours.
Colorful Nambu tea kettles
Here we have a modern tea kettle but it is made with the same techniques of the traditional Nambu ironwear. You can choose form many different colors that will combine perfectly with any kitchen.
Beautiful black Nambu teapot with flowers
These beautiful black teapots are waiting for you to buy it and take it home. Made with the Nambu techniques and will last for years. Handmade and hand painted with an enchanting design.
Today tea pots and kettles are still made by hand using traditional techniques. To make them last for year, we suggest that once you finish using it, throw away any liquid and store dry.
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