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Manufacturer

Kaikado

Description

Kaikado was established in 1875, shortly after Japan opened its doors to the rest of the world. With civilization came the import of tinplate from England. Tin was used for the plating of steel and was considered a fashionable foreign-made item. In the Edo era, canisters made from tin were a commonplace means of storage for tea, as were jars made from china or earthenware. It was the company's founder, Kiyosuke, who first designed the tin tea caddy and made it into a commercially available item. Doing away with excessive detail, the caddies are based on the pursuit of function. Having spanned 130 years of history, it is our wish to maintain the art of and passion for the traditional craftsmanship of Japanese tea caddies for future generations to enjoy.

Materials

2,000 years old Japanese Cedar Wood Top
Base available in Copper or Brass.

Dimensions

Extra Small
Ø 3 x H 1.8 in
Ø 7.6 x H 4.6 cm

Small
Ø 2.7 x H 4.3 in
Ø 6.9 x H 10.9 cm

Large
Ø 5.1 x H 1.2 in
Ø 12.9 x H 3 cm

Lead Time

Upon Request | Two Medium in Copper Available

Care

Do not wash the caddy with soap. Kaikado thoroughly sanitize each caddy prior to shipment. Do not place the caddy in a refrigerator of freezer as the material is susceptible to moisture and humidity.

You will perceive a subtle change of the color tone of your Kaikado piece in time. Copper starts showing a patina after 2-3 months, brass after 1-2 years and tin after 3-5 years. The Kaikado pieces gain in value and appreciation with age. Old Kaikado Chazutsu are sought after objects of collection.

Price

Extra Small | $390
Medium | $435
Large | $480

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Kaikado

Kaikado

Founded in 1875 by Master Kiyosuke Kaikado, Kaikado was established in Kyoto during a time of economic, political, and cultural expansion as Japan was emerging from a long isolationist period. Newly-opened trade exchange with the West brought foreign commodities and artistic inspiration to Japan. Tin, an English import, became a high-demand European commodity, and was used for the original tea caddies designed by Master Kiyosuke.

These early airtight tin caddies eventually replaced the then-common earthenware jars for their greater ability to preserve the scent and perfume of tea leaves, giving Kaikado a crucial position in the local market. This early development allowed the small workshop to become the main canister purveyor to the community of merchants, tea dealers, and private homeowners.

 Following the War, Japan saw a period of economic growth and the advent of mass-produced, inexpensive tea caddies. In response to changes in the marketplace, Kaikado’s fourth generation, Master Souchi, explored new materials, introducing copper tea caddies. The fifth-generation, Master Seiji, introduced smaller canisters to a society that was becoming more and more mobile. Seiji also designed the first tea caddy made of brass. The sixth generation, Takahiro Yaji, has contributed the most to the expansion of his family's workshops by initiating international collaborations and special exhibition projects, and by introducing to the world his family’s cultural heritage and design legacy. 

 The iconic Kaikado Chazutsu (the standard Kaikado Tea Canister) involves a 130-step fabrication process. Its timeless design has made this signature product one that has never lost the appreciation of Kaikado’s now international clientele. 

The Kaikado tea caddy develops a unique patina over time, specific to the component brass, tin, or copper materials. The canister grows value and appreciation as this sheen of oxidation continues to develop. A one-hundred-year-old tea caddy with opaque patina holds the soul and memories of a family; it is passed onto the next generation as a family heirloom. Regarded as beautifully crafted objects and efficient conservation containers, the Kaikado caddies are sought after as long-lasting family heirlooms and used to store a wide variety of cereals, grains, spices, tea or coffee. They continue to preserve the perfume and the flavor of goods in private homes, restaurant kitchens, and tea shops across the world. 

Kaikado COLLECTION

TEA CADDY 40G TEA CADDY 40G  TEA CADDY 100G TEA CADDY 100G  TEA CADDY 120G TEA CADDY 120G   TEA CADDY 200G TEA CADDY 200G  TEA CADDY 400G TEA CADDY 400G   COFFEE CADDY W/ SPOON COFFEE CADDY W/ SPOON   PASTA CANISTER PASTA CANISTER  CANISTER WITH HANDLE CANISTER WITH HANDLE  PRECIOUS BOX PRECIOUS BOX   WATER CARAFE WATER CARAFE   TEA POT TEA POT   ROUND TRAY ROUND TRAY  ROUND PLATTER ROUND PLATTER  COPPER CREAMER COPPER CREAMER   SERVING PLATE SERVING PLATE   TEA CADDY | STERLING SILVER TEA CADDY | STERLING SILVER  KAIKADO | OMAKASE KAIKADO | OMAKASE 

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