White Lotus Leaf Display Plate
A classic white porcelain plate for measuring out dry tea leaves, shaped like a curled lotus leaf.
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A classic white porcelain plate for measuring out dry tea leaves, shaped like a curled lotus leaf. The funnel-like open end makes it easy to pour the leaves cleanly into a brewing vessel.
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.
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.