The other side of tea

Antique handwoven linen


The biggest joy of a tea lover is to repurpose things and give them a second life by using them in their tea space. The chajin that appreciate wild aged tea will enjoy this chabu that links us back to the 1900s. This is a rare find of handwoven linen cloth that originates from Germany. It is an admirable burlap fabric, very firm, with somewhat irregularly hand-spun threads, handwoven more than 100 years ago. Genuinely hand made and organic with occasional spots of blades of grass, pieces of leaves and straw woven in. When Yuliya from found it she took time and used traditional methods to clean it and prepare it for dyeing with natural colours. The structure of plant fiber has got a layer of protection on it which gives fabric strength and durability but prevents pigments from binding to it. Dyeing fabric in a natural way takes attention, observation and exploration but the result is well worth it. Like there are no two tea leaves alike, there are not two strands of grass that are the same by looking at this chabu one can take hours to admire it. Colours and pattern are created with green tea leaves and rust that has been left in touch with the fabric over time to develop fascinating imprints.

Rectangular shape.
Size ~ 64cm x 34cm
Please be sure to iron it before using.

Each chabu is different and unique. Let yourself be surprised!

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Yuliya’s decades of experience creating garments for high-end fashion and many years of cultivating herself through Cha Dao 茶道 are naturally expressed in the beautiful things she creates dedicated to the tea ceremony. Living as sustainably as possible she uses the same philosophy in the creative process, using only natural dyes and organic, recycled, rescued or antique fabrics, minimizing the environmental load of the planet.


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