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Tradition-Honoring Tea Brewers

The 'Trickle' Tea Dripper is Crafted from Natural Materials

— September 21, 2017 — Art & Design
The 'Trickle' tea dripper has been fashioned with a distinct focus on tradition to enable a tech-free method of preparing a cup of tea using your favorite leaves. The unit was created to provide employment to the Chundharey craft community in Sikkim, India and is crafted from dhar wood that has been locally sourced, naturally treated and prepared by hand. Lathe machines are used to shape the wooden design, while drawing necessary power from a nearby mountain river.

The 'Trickle' tea dripper is the design work of Kalyani Tupkary and Echostream for La, while the unit will be placed on showcase at the London Design Fair to highlight the simple complexity. The 'Trickle' speaks to a growing demand for products that are crafted by hand, from natural materials and that won't harm the environment.
Trend Themes
1. Handcrafted Products - The growing demand for handcrafted products presents an opportunity for businesses to create unique and artisanal items.
2. Natural Materials - Utilizing natural materials in product designs can attract eco-conscious consumers and tap into the market for sustainable goods.
3. Tech-free Methods - Developing tech-free methods for everyday tasks, like tea preparation, can cater to individuals seeking a simpler and more traditional lifestyle.
Industry Implications
1. Artisanal Crafts - The artisanal crafts industry can capitalize on the demand for handmade and traditionally-crafted products like the 'Trickle' tea dripper.
2. Sustainable Goods - The sustainable goods industry can explore opportunities to incorporate locally sourced and naturally treated materials into their product offerings.
3. Home Appliances - Manufacturers in the home appliances industry can develop innovative tech-free devices that provide a nostalgic and simpler way of performing everyday tasks.
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