Cast Iron Kettle (L)
Cast Iron Kettle (L)
Nambu Tekki is a traditional Japanese ironware founded in the Iwate prefecture of the Tohoku region. The origin of the Nambu Tekki technique can be traced back to the Edo period (1803-1868). Nambu refers to the domain where the craft was established, where the feudal clan invited craftsmen from Kyoto to develop iron tea kettles. The Nambu Tekki craft thrived in cities like Mizusawa due to the wealth of natural resources available - including iron, sand, clay and lacquer.
Nambu Tekki ironware is renowned for its durability, heat retention and austere design. The iron is subject to various processes to prevent rusting, such as baking the ironware in charcoal to create an inner oxide film and further coating the surface with urushi lacquer. The Nambu Tekki craft has officially been certified as a Traditional Craftwork of Japan and it continues to be revered for its enduring beauty and practicality. Today, a wide range of contemporary and induction compatible designs are available to suit the modern day kitchen.
Tetsubin is a Japanese Cast Iron Kettle which is an iconic piece of Nambu Tekki Ironware used for boiling water. Taking its design from the original chagama - a large tea kettle used in the Japanese tea ceremony, these smaller, more practical tea kettles were highly treasured and gifted to the feudal clan when the ancient craft originated in the Nambu region. The tetsubin has since been widely used in the Japanese household due to its heat retention and rust prevention properties. Boiling water in the tetsubin allows the iron to intersperse, making the water rich in iron and supplementing an iron-deficient diet. It also gives the water a mild and mellow taste, which is ideal for bringing out maximum flavor in Japanese green tea.
This cast iron kettle is suitable for all hobs, including gas, electric, and induction.
Dimensions: Ø20 x H10cm (with handle H18cm)
Material: Cast Iron
Place of Origin: Iwate Prefecture, Japan
Instructions for Care: Cast ironware must be prepared before first use. To season the kettle, bring water to boil above medium heat, discard the water and repeat this process three times. After use, rinse with water and remove any excess moisture with a dry cloth to prevent rust formation. Do not place the kettle on the heat without water as this may destroy the inner oxide film.
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