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Rimmed Tea Containers

The Karmi Tea Canister Honors the Art of Tea Ceremonies

— August 19, 2011 — Art & Design
Since many cultures consider drinking tea an important daily ritual, the Karmi tea canister offers a unique way to drink this tasty beverage. Although deceptively simple, this wooden thermos-like container made specifically for tea takes artisans over a year to complete.

Manufactured by Syosen, which is based in Yamanaka, the Karmi tea canister is crafted using a half-century-old lathing technique. The cherry wood is cut thinly and vertically, then coated several times in clear lacquer to maintain the natural beauty of the exposed grain. The intensive process behind the Karmi tea canister was inspired by the Edo era's art of tea ceremony, which was followed by the area's bohemian inhabitants. This is one tea pot that makes tea-drinking a pure artisan pleasure.
Trend Themes
1. Artisan Tea Accessories - The Karmi tea canister exemplifies the trend of artisan-crafted tea accessories, providing opportunities for innovative and unique designs in the industry.
2. Revival of Traditional Techniques - The use of a half-century-old lathing technique in the manufacturing process of the Karmi tea canister highlights the trend of reviving traditional craftsmanship, presenting opportunities to preserve and modernize age-old techniques in various industries.
3. Cultural Tea Rituals - The Karmi tea canister honors the art of tea ceremonies, tapping into the trend of embracing cultural rituals and customs, creating opportunities for businesses to cater to consumers seeking meaningful experiences.
Industry Implications
1. Tea Accessories - The artisan-crafted Karmi tea canister opens up opportunities for disruptive innovation in the tea accessories industry, where unique designs and quality craftsmanship are highly valued.
2. Craftsmanship and Design - The Karmi tea canister's use of traditional techniques presents disruptive innovation opportunities in industries that prioritize craftsmanship and design, such as home decor, furniture, and accessories.
3. Hospitality and Experience-focused Businesses - The Karmi tea canister's celebration of cultural tea rituals creates opportunities for disruptive innovation in the hospitality and experience-focused industries, catering to consumers seeking authentic and meaningful experiences.
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