Shuai - Handmade zelkova Cup
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A sake cup made to enhance to experience of drinking sake.
We began making sake cups to enhance the experience of drinking sake when we gave one as a present to a long time friend, the Shiokawa Brewery. Because the type and application of lacquer changes how sake feels, we worked on and tested many things and had Shiokawa and many others working in sake test them for us in our pursuit of creating cups to enhance the drinking experience.
This sake cup makes it presence known with its vivid crimson color and distinct black wood grain patterns. The warm texture to the wood will bring you peace as you drink.There is a lacquer known as “Shuai” (朱合). We took that name and changed the characters used (酒逢) for the name of this cup. This name represents a desire to come to know others through sake, and to some day meet and drink with them again.
The crimson color and black grain on Shuai is created using zelkova wood. All wood used is real zelkova, meaning that every cup is unique. Each piece is hand made by a traditional lacquer craftsman.
|Side (Φupper line×height)||Φ75mm × 85mm|
|Materials||Zelkova, lacquer finish|
Wash with neutral detergent and a soft sponge or cloth. Then, wipe down with a soft cloth.
Do not soak in water.
Do not place in dishwashers, microwave ovens, or ovens.
About the aroma
In the beginning, lacquered sake cups will have the smell of the lacquer. This will fade in about three weeks. The more often it is used, the faster the smell will disappear.
If you are concerned about the smell, wipe it down with a cloth dipped in vinegar and wipe it off, then repeat the process several times.
About the wood grain patterns
This product is made using real zelkova. No two grain patterns are the same.
Nushiya Kiyo is the fourth heir of Kobayashi Butsudan, a Buddhist altar store established in 1900, and is the only traditional craftsman who has inherited the gold rubbing technique.Buddhist altars were originally stands to enshrine Buddha and communicate with relatives who have passed away, and are made using a variety of traditional techniques.Nushiya Kiyo is a craftsman and artist who expresses these techniques through lacquer ware, and continues to expand the horizons of the art.