Water Nation - 130 ml Dai cup
This cup is a unique piece, totally handmade using natural mixed clays from Laobanzhang village, where the famous King of Shengpu is produced, and Mengsong mountain, which harbors the ancient trees forests of world-renowned tea areas like Naka and Huazhuliangzi, the tallest tea mountain in Xishuangbanna.
After being shaped, the cup was decorated by hand with the traditional patterns of Dai minority, that can be found in various products of Dai handicraft, from teaware to fabrics. The artist glazed the surface of this cup with quartz, which gives it a white purity, and fired it in the gas kiln. Clay and glaze give this cup a translucent light blue color, which recalls a stretch of water. Dai minority is also called "people of water" for the closeness of their homes, festivals and daily lives to water, which is considered the main source of all forms of life.
Full Capacity: 170 ml
Usage Capacity: 130 ml
Net weight: 114 gr
Diameter: 75 mm
Height: 65 mm
For all European countries and America we ship through our distributor located in Italy, while for Asia, Oceania and African countries we use our logistic center located in China.
For European countries there is no custom-clearance procedure; for all the other shipments we accompany the package with all the necessary papers to ensure the fastest process possible.
Rest of the World
Within the European Union the shipping time is between 1-5 days, while for Extra-UE shipment the delivery time varies between 5 and 12 days. Orders are shipped on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: for special requests, please add a note to your order, we will endeavor to fulfill them.
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Dai-minority traditional teaware
张老师 Zhang Laoshi's work
Zhang Laoshi's workshop is a real institution in Jinghong, Xishuangbanna; it is an ample courtyard with multiple traditional Dai buildings, hosting enough space for her work, for her kilns - including a Dragon kiln - , her beloved students, and of course an off-limits space where she develops new ideas.
There is also a small museum which gathers the pieces she has inherited by her family since five generations of Dai pottery masters in Banna.
Whereas Qiu Laoshi is the Dai tradition innovator, Ms. Zhang is the keeper of the original tradition and design, honed by her contemporary studies and a life of practice.
The soil she uses is sourced locally from Xishuangbanna, between the wild forests of Mengsong, Laobanzhang, and Yiwu. Each of her creations is a delicate and sincere expression of the Yunnan landscape, and all pieces bear her unique signature.