The chasen is a traditional tool and is essential for preparing matcha. It is made from a single piece of bamboo with the end cut into several thin slivers to whisk the green tea into a small quantity of water. With a quick motion, the whisked tea is then fully emulsified and attains the proper texture as seen in the famous Japanese tea ceremony – the chanoyu.
Naoshi (Chasen Holder) from Julie Lavoie | TenmokuQuebec Ceramist Collection
An almost essential accessory for anyone using a chasen, the naoshi (chasen-holder )preserves the shape of the whisk while enabling it to dry properly.
In fact, drying a chasen upside down with the handle on a table increases the risk of surplus moisture in the base, where the fine fronds bind to the bamboo handle.
This piece is hand-turned by the Quebec ceramist Julie Lavoie.
The artisanal aspect of these naoshimakes them all unique. This why the colour gradients and volume may vary from one to another. Evidence of a work made by hand!
Height: 7 cm