Copper and Ebony Tea Utensil Set
A tea utensil set made from ebony wood and copper colored metal. Includes tea scoop, tongs, tea pick, cup holder, and ornate ebony wood vase.
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The vase for this tea utensil set is crafted from a solid block of beautiful dark ebony wood that has been hollowed and inlaid with a window of latticed copper-colored metal with a bamboo forest design. The entirety of the tongs and the tea pick are ebony as well, as are the handles of the tea scoop and cup server. This dense wood is highly prized for fine tools, embellishments, and instrument making. The bowl of the scoop and the ornate ring of the cup holder are made from copper metal with a dark patina that matches the vase’s inlay.
Note: Ebony wood is a natural material that may contain gradations in color, including lighter patches. Appearance may vary.
Tea utensils are used for convenient and clean tea service accompanied by beauty and grace. Though there used to be a great variety of different tea tools in the traditional set, now the common utensils used are concentrated into 4-5 pieces which are held inside a vase. This helps you perform a clean tea service, where your hands don’t touch the tea or tea ware. Utensils can be made from many different materials, but the most common are wood and bamboo.
The common five pieces tools are as follows:
- Cha chi, a Chinese tea spoon with a long shape scoop, convenient for picking up long loose leaf teas.
- Cha jia, tweezers used for washing cups and removing leaves from the pot without having to use touch them with your fingers.
- Cha xiao, a long stick with a flat end to help you pour dry tea leaves from a display plate into a cup or pot.
- Cha lou dou, a tea funnel to place on top of the opening of pots so the leaves won’t spill when you pour them in. These are especially used for yixing clay pots.
- Cha zhen, a stick with a pointed end to help clean the spout when tea leaves get stuck.
A Brief History of Tea Preparation
The Chinese were the first to gather and use tea as an herbal back to 4,500 years ago. Back then, tea was pickled and used as a vegetable to accompany rice. Tea became popular as a beverage about 1,250 years ago during the Tang Dynasty. With its growing popularity, people began to create utensils to help during tea service. Utensils during the Tang Dynasty were still very simple. Tea was cooked into a large cast iron pot of boiling water. A scoop was used for serving tea and for scooping water into the pot. Metal chopsticks were used to add charcoal to the fire. Tea bowls were used for drinking, and a grinder was used to grind tea into rice size particles to boil. Tea culture became very rich during the Song Dynasty, about 900 years ago. More detailed utensils were invented for an intricate service. This could have included about 20 or more tools. 600 years ago, the Chinese stopped compressing all the tea into cakes and began drinking loose leaf tea. The utensils changed a lot during this period. This was the beginning of infusing tea, rather than boiling the leaves. About 450 years ago, black tea, wulong tea, and white tea were invented. Every region’s utensils changed based upon what tea they made.