Tea ceremony

Gaiwan and teapot

Gaiwan and teapot

Gaiwan and teapot, their features and application.
Tea ware can be divided into two main groups depending on the material from which it is made. Namely: ceramic and clay.
One of the hallmarks of the Chinese tea business is the Yixing clay teapots. It is mined in the area of the city of Yixing and is considered rare and more expensive than ordinary clay. This material is very rich in the substance kaolin, which has increased fire resistance, strength and durability. After firing, the products made of Yixing clay have a characteristic greasy shine and a porous structure. It allows kettles to keep the temperature for a long time.
Each Chinese teapot has its own special shape and unique decoration, an unusual ornament or a variety of patterns. Although the teapot, which does not have an ornament, gives the impression of a real work of art. This is a quality that has been developed for centuries, the unique artistic taste of the Chinese.
Another popular type of tea making utensils is the gaiwan. This vessel consists of three elements – a lid, a bowl and a tray (stand). According to Chinese cultural traditions, the lid of the gaiwani symbolizes heaven, the bowl – the world of people, and the tray-the Underworld.
In the assortment of our store, you will find a convenient option for you for brewing Chinese tea, whether it is an Yixing teapot or a clay gaiwan.
Chinese tableware for the tea ceremony.
It should be noted that ceramic dishes, unlike clay dishes, almost do not absorb the flavors of teas. So if you want to follow the pu-erh to brew a delicate white tea in ceramics, then you will not feel the residual trail of pu-erh. For earthenware, it is preferable to choose teas of the same variety (red, white, green, pu-erh).
Sets of bowls will be indispensable for a better sense of taste and aroma of tea, because they have a very convenient shape and size. Buy a porcelain teapot will be useful to brew different teas in it and at the same time preserve their unique flavors.
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Chinese tableware for the tea ceremony.
In the Chinese tradition of the tea ceremony, a particularly important attribute is the tableware, which greatly affects the taste and properties of the tea. The eyes run away when you see a variety of teapots of different shapes and sizes, tiny bowls (just dwarfs compared to the usual cups for us), ceramic gaivani, from which it seems that a blue fish is about to float out, strainers, small chahe-all these dishes, as if seen in a children’s toy kitchen.
To begin with, it is advisable to have a small set of dishes: a teapot or a gaiwan and several bowls. An amazing discovery was once to find a comfortable pair (a small gaiwan and a bowl), which easily fits even in a small purse and here is a travel set of tea lovers ready.
Gradually, your set will be supplemented with a strainer, chahe, chahai and other auxiliary tea tools. This is always the case: you start small, and then…
It should be noted that ceramic dishes, unlike clay dishes, almost do not absorb the flavors of teas. So if you want to follow the pu-erh to brew a delicate white tea in ceramics, then you will not feel the residual trail of pu-erh. For earthenware, it is preferable to choose teas of the same variety (red, white, green, pu-erh).
The ChinaChay team has collected the best dishes for you, so that you can feel all the charms of the best varieties of elite Chinese tea, understand and feel the magical atmosphere that a proper tea ceremony has.